Best Buy's digital-sales growth slows

Best Buy is down more than 5% in pre-market trading Thursday after reporting first-quarter results that beat on both the top and bottom lines, but included slowing digital sales. The company reported online-sales growth of 12%, a slow-down from from last year’s first-quarter growth of more than 22%.

The consumer-electronics store reported earnings of $US0.82 per share, beating the $US0.75 expected from analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Revenue of $US9.1 billion topped the estimated $US8.74 billion.

“The top-line strength is the result of continued healthy consumer confidence, product innovation in multiple areas of technology, and our unique value proposition resonating with customers,” CEO Hubert Joly said in a press release.

Best Buy forecast second-quarter revenue of $US9.1 billion-$US9.2 billion, domestic comp sales of 3%-4%, and international comp sales of 1 %-4%. The company did not update its full-year guidance, suggesting it was too early in the year.

Best Buy is up more than 8% this year.

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