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Five Star Equities

April 12, 2012 08:20 ET

Big-Box Era of Dominance Could Be Coming to an End

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Best Buy and

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2012) - Big-box retail came alive in 1962 when Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target all opened their first stores. After nearly 50 years of kicking mom and pop shops to the curb, big-box retailers' era of dominance may finally be coming to an end. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Services Sector and provides equity research on Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) and, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).

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While big-box retailers continue to open larger stores, they are collectively shifting their focus to "small-box" stores. Best Buy Mobile stores are projected to double by 2016. Wal-Mart looks to build up to 100 "small-box" stores this year, while Target looks to open five CityTarget locations.

"The biggest challenge for big boxes is increasing consumer confidence in making online purchases," said Matt Arnold, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. in Des Peres, Missouri. "Best Buy is arguably more exposed than the Wal-Marts of the world that are heavy in the food, apparel and consumables category. In the case of consumer electronics, it comes down to price. While big-box retailers are struggling, they aren't going away," Mr. Arnold said in a recent interview. "They are shifting to smaller formats and investing in online retailing."

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The board of directors of Best Buy recently announced that Brian Dunn has resigned as chief executive officer and director. There were no disagreements between Mr. Dunn and the company on any matter relating to operations, financial controls, policies or procedures. There was mutual agreement that it was time for new leadership to address the challenges that face the company. Director G. Mike Mikan has been named interim CEO to lead the company while a search for a new CEO is underway.

Amazon announced this week an In-App Purchasing (IAP) service, making it easy for Amazon Appstore developers to offer digital content and subscriptions for purchase within apps and games that are available on millions of Kindle Fires and other Android devices. Amazon Appstore's In-App Purchasing service is simple for developers to integrate and helps monetize their apps and games, while offering customers a seamless and secure 1-Click purchasing experience.

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