Best Buy sees lower TV, computer sales as inflation hits shoppers’ wallets

A person enters a Best Buy store in Manhattan, New York City, US, November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

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May 24 (Reuters) – Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) cut its annual profit forecast on Tuesday due to lower demand for TVs and computers, making it the latest major retailer to underline the impact of 40-year high inflation on shoppers’ spending power.

The company’s shares, which fell more than 16% last week in a broader retail sale, were up about 2%, as the electronics seller reported first-quarter sales that were not as bad as feared. read more

“We believe investors have anticipated the earnings miss and guidance reduction to a large degree following reports of similar struggles at other retailers,” said Jason Benowitz, senior portfolio manager at Roosevelt Investment Group.

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A spike in prices for everything from toothpaste to gas is taking a toll on consumer spending, while driving companies such as Best Buy, Walmart Inc (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N) to report their worst earnings miss in the least five years.

“Electronics are highly discretionary, big-ticket items. This puts them directly in the firing line of households looking to trim expenditure,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData.

Best Buy reported earnings of $ 1.57 per share, missing estimates of $ 1.61, according to Refinitiv IBES data, with the company saying it was forced to discount more than expected in some product categories to clear inventory.

Adjusted earnings forecast for 2023 was cut to a range of $ 8.40 to $ 9 per share from a range of $ 8.85 to $ 9.15.

Still, even with higher gas and food prices, rising interest rates, and the war in Ukraine all affecting consumer behavior, Best Buy is not currently planning for a full recession, Chief Executive Officer Corie Barry said on an analyst call.

Quarterly comparable sales fell 8%, but beat tempered expectations of a 9.1% drop. It forecast full-year comparable sales to fall 3% to 6% versus its previous outlook of a 1% to 4% drop.

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Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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