Why Best Buy Sold Off

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What: Shares of big-box retailer Best Buy (NYS: BBY) are seeing more selling today than buying, down 10% at the low, after the company reported earnings this morning.

So what: Fourth-quarter revenue inched higher by 3% to $16.6 billion, with a non-GAAP profit of $2.47 per share. On a GAAP basis, the company posted a loss of $4.89 per share. Comparable-store sales fell 2.4%.

Now what: The company is implementing a "transformation strategy" to focus on cost reductions and store format improvements, including $800 million in cost cuts by fiscal 2015. The company is closing down 50 domestic locations in the coming year, while opening 100 smaller Best Buy Mobile stores. The days of the big-box retailer are over, and Best Buy will just be another casualty.

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