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Understanding Best Buy’s revenue mix

Sirisha Bhogaraju - Author

Jan. 20 2015, Updated 8:33 a.m. ET

Key segments

Best Buy (BBY) has two operating segments—Domestic and International. The Domestic segment accounted for 84% of fiscal 2014 revenues. The International segment, which includes operations in Canada and Mexico, accounted for 16% of revenues.

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Key categories

Best Buy’s revenue mix is made up of six product categories:

  • consumer electronics
  • computing and mobile phone
  • entertainment
  • appliances
  • services
  • other

The computing and mobile phone category is the largest, accounting for 48% of the Domestic segment’s fiscal 2014 revenues. The category includes laptops, desktop computers, tablets, mobile phones, and related accessories.

The consumer electronics category, which accounted for 30% of Domestic revenues, includes TVs, home theaters, digital cameras, DVD players, MP3 devices, and related accessories.

The entertainment category accounted for 8% of Domestic revenues. It includes video gaming, DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, and computer software.

The appliances category, which includes large and small appliances and kitchen and bath fixtures, accounted for 7% of Domestic revenues.

Retailers who compete with Best Buy in the above categories include GameStop (GME), RadioShack (RSH), Target (TGT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT).

Best Buy and peers such as Wal-Mart are a part of broad-market ETFs including the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).

Emerging growth categories

According to Consumer Electronics Association, or CEA, projections, new product categories are expected to grow 108% in 2015. These emerging categories include the following:

  • 3D printers
  • 4K ultra-high-definition televisions
  • connected thermostats
  • unmanned systems – unmanned aerial vehicle and home robots
  • IP (Internet protocol) cameras
  • wearables – health and fitness devices, smartwatches, and smart eyewear

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