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It will be sold to its partner Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy UK announced today that it will sell its entire stake in the Best Buy Europe joint venture.

Best Buy UK said it will sell its 50 percent stake in the Best Buy Europe joint venture with Carphone Warehouse. This equates to about £500 million ($775 million USD), which will be sold to Carphone Warehouse.

However, Best Buy UK will have to pay Carphone Warehouse £29 million ($45 million USD) in agreement termination fees. 

"After reviewing the business and spending time with our partners, we concluded that the timing and economics were right to enter into this agreement with CPW," said Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer of Best Buy. "This transaction allows us to 1) simplify our business; 2) substantially improve our Return on Invested Capital, one of the five pillars of our Renew Blue transformation; and 3) strengthen our balance sheet.

"Each international market is different and the sale of our European operations should not suggest any similar action in our other international businesses."

Shareholders still have to approve this deal. They are expected to do so by the end of June 2013. 

Best Buy Europe's first store opened in May 2010, with about 11 stores launching across the UK. However, things started looking grim as the two companies decided to close the retail partnership just one year later due to an unprofitable year. 

Now, it has been over a year since Best Buy shut down its retail stores throughout the UK. 

Best Buy hasn't had a lot of luck in the U.S. lately, either. It has axed thousands of jobs over the past year alone, and even had to find a new CEO after a scandal arose concerning former CEO Brian Dunn's relationship with a female employee from the board.

Best Buy founder Richard Schulze even tried to take the company private last summer, and considered selling his 20 percent stake in the company as just one option.

Source: Best Buy

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Poor leadership gets you every time
By karimtemple on 4/30/2013 3:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
Best Buy could've slaughtered its competition online and off (just like how Blockbuster could've squashed Netflix). Such a shame. It used to be a really great company.

RE: Poor leadership gets you every time
By Motoman on 4/30/2013 3:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know that it was ever a "great" company.

I'll admit it was nice when they first got started, where one of their big selling points was that their salespeople would leave you alone unless you came and got one of them. That got me in their stores.

But, times have changed...and the internet happened. Now one wonders how B&M retail is going to survive. And it sure as hell isn't going to be by swarming your customers with sales people like what happens in BBY now.

By Apone on 5/2/2013 12:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know that it was ever a "great" company.

I worked there part time back in college (pre-Geek Squad); it was actually decent. The company prided itself on its "non-commission" statement, offered a generous bonus for all employees for a favorable annual inventory audit, and the employees back then weren't clueless on the technology and products they were selling. However, that's all changed considering what I see now when I walk in to a Best Buy. While they managed to rule the B&M business for many years, they ultimately failed to adapt to the changing environment, hence becoming a Blockbuster collapse/Netflix ascension episode all over again.

But, times have changed...and the internet happened. Now one wonders how B&M retail is going to survive. And it sure as hell isn't going to be by swarming your customers with sales people like what happens in BBY now.

I remember back in 2000, Best Buy launched its E-commerce store which featured online purchase/in-store pick-up as a selling point. However, they failed to spank up & coming stores like Newegg, TigerDirect, and as its E-commerce store was buggy, had online/B&M inventory synchronization issues, and wasn't marketed enough to inform regular Best Buy customers who were accustomed to making the trip to their local store. I agree, the future of B&M retail seems gloomy...

RE: Poor leadership gets you every time
By Solandri on 4/30/2013 4:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
just like how Blockbuster could've squashed Netflix

Blockbuster vs Netflix is an interesting case. You're correct that Blockbuster should've squashed Netflix. They were foresightful enough to jump into the movie rental business before anyone really knew how viable it was. They should've seen the transition to digital streaming coming. But they missed the boat.

I suspect what happened is that streaming initially made up a very small portion of movie viewings. So stuffy MBAs at Blockbuster with no understanding of technology dismissed it as a minor blip compared to their physical rental businesses where most of their revenue was coming from. Blockbuster did not transport the rented movie from their store to your home, so they saw no immediate advantage for themselves in the streaming model. Add in the additional cost of having to negotiate streaming licensing rights, and digital distribution probably looked like a money-loser to Blockbuster.

Netflix OTOH started off mailing DVDs. They were paying for the transportation costs from their warehouse to the customer's home, not the customer. So streaming offered them a direct way to reduce those costs, and they jumped all over it.

By BRB29 on 5/1/2013 8:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Blockbuster did think about streaming and DVD 1 day delivery. AT the time, they were making millions renting at $3-5 a movie and has stores everywhere. What put the nail in the coffin for Blockbuster was Red Box. People that doesn't want to wait a day for a DVD doesn't have to go to a store to pay $5 anymore.

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