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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Best Buy to sell China business, focus on North America, (NYSE: BBY)

U.S. retailer Best Buy Co Inc said on Thursday it will sell its struggling China business, Five Star, to domestic real estate firm Zhejiang Jiayuan Group in order to focus on its North American operations. The world's largest consumer electronics chain didn't disclose financial terms of the sale of the 184-store network, announced in a statement.Best Buy has struggled to fend off Chinese rivals in a crowded market, as other U.S. firms have complained that operating in the country has become more of a challenge."The sale of Five Star does not suggest any similar action in Canada or Mexico. Instead, it allows us to focus even more on our North American business," Hubert Joly, Best Buy's president and chief executive officer, said in the statement.Joly added that Best Buy would continue to invest in its private label operation in the country. Best Buy's China operations accounted for around 4 percent of its sales in the most recent financial year, ended Feb. 1.

Best Buy Co., Inc. is a multinational, multichannel retailer of technology products, including tablets and computers, televisions, mobile phones, large and small appliances, entertainment products, digital imaging and related accessories. Shares of BBY fell by 3.12% or $-1.16/share to $36.04. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $22.15 and as high as $43.19. On average, 6009400 shares of BBY exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 14808958.