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Check Out Line: Best Buy profit misses mark

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Check Out how Best Buy missed expectations.USA-HOLIDAYSALES/

The top U.S. consumer electronics retailer checked in with a lower-than-expected profit on Tuesday, as it still had trouble selling videogames and digital cameras to cautious shoppers.

Its profit fell to $158 million, or 37 cents per share in the second quarter that ended Aug. 29, from $202 million or 48 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding a tax impact, its profit was 40 cents a share, while analysts had expected Best Buy to post a profit of 41 cents per share.

The failure of Circuit City, which closed its doors early this year, has helped Best Buy gain market share in past months. But the latter’s failure to meet profit expectations stood out in the broader retail sector, where several other companies have leaned on cost cuts and lower inventory to compensate for weak demand.

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