Mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo buys Tower Records Japan

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 11 2012 06:29 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2012 02:29 AM

TOKYO - Japan's top mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday it will make Tower Records Japan a subsidiary to enhance its online sales of CDs and DVDs.

DoCoMo, which already holds 42.1 percent of the music store chain, will increase its stake to 50.3 percent by mid-July for an undisclosed price.

"By establishing Tower Records Japan as a subsidiary, NTT DoCoMo expects to capitalise on the envisioned growth of e-commerce triggered by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets," the mobile firm said in a statement.

Tower Records operates 89 stores in Japan, in addition to an online music shop.

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