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Best Buy beats analysts prediction despite losses, says company ‘not planning a recession’

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Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy beats analysts’ expectations despite seeing lower sales in the first quarter of the company’s fiscal calendar. The company is hopeful that a better market condition will greet them in the following quarters.

CEO Corie Barrie said on Tuesday, “That trend has continued into the beginning of Q2, and it does not appear that it will abate in the near term.” Despite this, the company is confident with how they are going and says they are not ‘planning for a full recession.’

Even when there is inflation and consumers tend to limit their budget, many still buy merchandise that is needed in their day-to-day lives. Compared to the expectation of Wall Street regarding Best Buy’s losses, the decline is not that severe.

″Consumer electronics over time is a stable industry,” Barrie added. “The last two years have clearly underscored the importance of tech in people’s lives, so I think it’s important for us to have that as a backdrop.”

Best Buy’s shares increased by 1.21% on Tuesday to $73.47. During the first three months of its fiscal period, Best Buy has beaten the expectations of analysts in relation to its performance and stocks.

Wall Street analysts expect a drop of $1.61 per share; Best Buy finished with $1.57 – a slight difference of $0.04. Meanwhile, the revenue is pegged at $10.41 billion; however, the company earned even more, at $10.65 billion.

Despite the comparisons, it cannot be understated how the economy and the current market show signs of decline because of major happenings in the US and abroad.

Best Buy expects full-year revenue of $48.3 to $49.9 billion – lower than their expectation, which puts it at $49.3 to $50.8 billion. The company also said that same-store sales would see a 3% to 6% drop while earnings per share will range from $8.40 to $9.00. The projections are lesser than the company’s prior outlooks.

Best Buy recorded a net income of $341 million this quarter, falling from $595 million. Last year, the annual sales were at $10.65 billion – a drop from $11.64 billion the year before that.

Matt Bilunas, Best Buy’s Chief Financial Officer, the apparent revenue drop can be attributed to consumers declining purchases of computing and home theater merchandise.

In the face of market difficulties, the company decided to keep fewer workers in their stores – the decision, said Barrie, is only right considering that there is a migration of services to cyberspace. The company also announced that they would have 45 remodels in its 1,000 stores nationwide. In addition, Best Buy will open new stores in Chicago, Phoenix, and Houston.

Technology has now become a necessity, Barrie said – with the average American household owning at least 12 devices. This is where the company is assured of market continuity – that their merchandise will still sell despite the volatile markets that the US is seeing today.

Based in LA, Alice Blake is a senior reporter for Kivo Daily. She primarily covers entrepreneurs.

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