Gaming GameStop to close 180-200 "underperforming" stores globally this year

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    During today's GameStop Q2 earnings call, the company announced it would be closing between 180 and 200 "under-performing" stores globally between now and the end of the year.

    During the call, GameStop CFO James Bell praised the company's over 5700 stores worldwide, stating that 95% of them were profitable. Nonetheless, the company is beginning to roll out an ongoing plan that will also result in even more store closures into the next two years.

    "While that is an impressive statistic, we have a clear opportunity to improve our overall profitability by de-densifying our chain," he said. "That work is well underway. We are on track to close between 180 and 200 underperforming stores globally by the end of this fiscal year. And while these closures were more opportunistic, we are applying a more definitive, analytic approach, including profit levels and sales transferability, that we expect will yield a much larger tranche of closures over the coming 12 to 24 months."

    Bell also said that the company would be looking at alternatives for unprofitable business segments, especially internationally, though he did not specify which segments those were.

    This all comes as a part of GameStop's "Reboot" plan, which was a major focus of its Q2 earnings report (in which it posted a net loss of $415 million and an adjusted net loss of $32 million) as the company struggles to regain its momentum after a challenging year of financial losses, failed company sales, and consolidation. As a part of the same plan, 50 employees lost their jobs in early August and another 120 were laid off later in the month, including seven members of the Game Informer staff. The company also recently moved ThinkGeek in with GameStop proper and announced several new plans for stores including retro-focused and esports-driven locations.

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