Best Buy: Downturn will help UK invasion

Retailer denies slip of European big box store rollout is a sign of weakness, and says UK rivals are 'just trying to plug losses.

Best Buy has insisted that its push into the UK market is well on track, that it is ready to 'revolutionise' the country's retail landscape, and that global economic pressures will mean rivals will be unable to 'respond aggressively.'

The rollout of its big box retail stores, all of which are expected to be at least 30,000 square feet, has slipped until 2010. Nonetheless, the firm said that Best Buy Europe is already operating through its retail ally The Carphone Warehouse – which is planning to boost the number of large format consumer electronic focused Wireless World stores across the United Kingdom.

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