By  on December 19, 2007

Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, delivered robust earnings on strong sales Tuesday — further evidence that shoppers are doling out more money for GPS navigators and game consoles than for apparel and shoes.

For the three months ended Dec. 1, earnings leapt 34.2 percent to $228 million, or 53 cents a diluted share, from $150 million, or 31 cents, in the year-ago period. This growth is attributed to new store openings, an increase in the average selling price of key goods, as well as an extra week of post-Thanksgiving revenue. Sales for the quarter grew 14.7 percent to $9.9 billion from $8.4 billion in the same period last year. Domestic and international revenue jumped 15 and 32 percent, respectively, as a favorable foreign exchange rate, coupled with the opening of new stores, bolstered sales.

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