Best Buy sales in second quarter are highest in 15 years; company raises forecast

August 28, 2018

Best Buy said Wednesday its sales grew 6.2 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago, as consumer electronics continue to become part of everyday life and retailers in general benefit from a confident consumer.

The company also raised its sales and profit outlook for the year ahead, continuing a rally among many of the nation’s leading retailers as they head into the crucial holiday season.

The company now expects same-store sales to rise 3.5 to 4.5 percent, compared to the previous forecast of 2 percent. It edged up its forecast for earnings per share to $4.95 to $5.10, an increase of 5 to 10 cents.

CEO Hubert Joly said in a statement that the sales growth was helped by a favorable consumer environment, and “driven by how consumers are responding to the unique and elevated experience we are building.”

For the quarter, the Richfield-based company reported adjusted earnings of $0.91, an increase of 32 percent, on sales of $9.37 billion.

Sales for the June-to-August period were the largest in 15 years.

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