“Best Buy continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple,” Phil Wahba reports for Fortune. “The largest U.S. electronics retailer reported a rise in domestic comparable sales of 3.8% for the second quarter, well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, and posted a better than expected profit.”
“While Best Buy has helped its cause by cutting costs and adding floor space to growing categories like smart homes, home theaters, and shops-within-a-shop for top brands, it has also been getting a lot of help from Apple and its roster of red-hot products,” Wahba reports. “‘Demand for Apple Watch has been so strong in the stores and online,’ Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told Wall Street analysts on a conference call. The retailer expects to be selling the device, which hit the market in June, at all of its 1,050 big-box stores by the end of September, he added. ”
“Initially, Best Buy had planned to have watches in 300 stores by the holiday season. (It started selling the watches in early August),” Wahba reports. “Apple did not provide specific sales numbers for the watch in its second-quarter earnings last month, but Best Buy’s comments provide more evidence of the device’s success.”
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