Best Buy return to profit in 4th quarter and tops Wall Street expectations as it cuts costs

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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, shoppers walk toward the parking lot at a Best Buy store in Hialeah, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, Best Buy reports quarterly earnings. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

The specialty electronics retailer says it gained market share during the quarter and shares jumped 5 percent in premarket trading Thursday.

Net income after paying preferred dividends totaled $293 million, or 83 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $409 million, or $1.21 per share last year.

Excluding results from discontinued operations, net income was $1.24 cents per share, easily beating the $1.01 that analysts had projected, according to a poll by FactSet. Best Buy sold its stake in European company Carphone Warehouse in June.

Revenue fell 3 percent to $14.47 billion. Analysts expected revenue of $14.67 billion.

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