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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Circuit City, you are not alone- said Best Buy

It was Forbes magazine's "Company of the Year 2004" and then it made in to the Fortune's List of Most Admired Companies in 2006. It survived the financial catastrophe after 2007 unlike its rival Circuit City, but seemingly it does not want to leave its pal- Circuit City alone.

Consumer spending has been above the levels businesses saw in 2008-2009. As per reliable sources, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales of the year 2011 were up by 26% as compared to the year 2010. These all favor the prosperity of the retailers like Best Buy. But that is not the fact. Financial statements and stock performance of Best Buy deliver the different and dubious story.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Best Buy is losing their support in the equity markets."Going out of the business" is a probability after 2-3 years and no one is able to put that out of the question. But why only Best Buy? My only explicable answer is:  "the fierce competition" from diversified retailers who have many other things to offer unlike Best Buy. Free shipping, heavy discounts and extended season of the deals cause only one thing and that is shrinking Best Buy's margins. I have no specific thing in my mind which Best Buy can do to come out of this misery, but if they are not able to do anything revolutionary, those shrinking margins will eventually burn all cash.

Few days ago, I read an article on Amazon, which was considered to be "Online store of Best Buy". I could not deny with that, could you? Because that sums up everything here...

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