RICHFIELD, Minn., March 29 (UPI) -- U.S. electronic retailer Best Buy Co. said it would close 50 big box stores in 2012 after posting a $1.7 billion loss in the fourth quarter.
MarketWatch reported Thursday that sluggish sales of televisions and light-weight, notebook computers contributed to the loss. In the previous quarter, the store chain earned $651 million.
The retail chain also had $2.6 billion in charges related to closing stores in Britain and buying Carphone Warehouse Group out of its Best Buy Mobile profit sharing agreement.
The company's plan is to save $800 million in operating costs by the fiscal year 2015, MarketWatch said.