Re: historically progressive and generous company
"What profit margin do HMV and similar record stores make? "
HMV (the UK record store chain) went bust in 2013 and the remains were bought by Hilco, who already owned HMV Canada.
So I guess the answer is HMV UK didn't make much profit margin.
HMV UK under Hilco seem to be doing OK **so far** (early days); the remains of HMV are said to have made £17M profit in the last full fiscal year: