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Best Buy to close 50 U.S. stores, cut costs

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Mar 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy Co. is closing 50 stores in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and is looking to cut costs by $800 million by fiscal 2015.

The biggest U.S. specialty electronics retailer also says it lost money in its fiscal fourth quarter partly because of a restructuring charge, but its adjusted results topped Wall Street's expectations.

Best Buy lost $1.7 billion, or $4.89 per share, for the period ended March 3. That compares with a profit of $651 million, or $1.62 per share, a year ago.

Taking out the charge and other items, earnings were $2.47 per share, above analysts' estimates of $2.15 per share.

Revenue rose 3 percent to $16.08 billion, but missed Wall Street's $17.18 billion estimate.

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