September 19, 2017 / 2:58 PM / a year ago

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Best Buy forecasts 2021 earnings largely below estimates

(Corrects paragraph 1 to say earnings forecast was largely below Wall Street estimates; corrects paragraph 2 to say fiscal year ending January 2021, not 2022; corrects profit estimate in the same paragraph; corrects revenue estimate in paragraph 6; changes headline)

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc, the No.1 U.S. consumer electronics retailer, on Tuesday forecast 2021 adjusted earnings largely below Wall Street estimates, sending its shares down nearly 9 percent.

The company said it expected adjusted earnings of $4.75 to $5.00 per share for the fiscal year ending January 2021. Analysts on average were expecting $4.97 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Best Buy Chief Executive Hubert Joly said he did not expect comparable sales to continue growing at a mid-single-digit rate and that the company’s strong second quarter do not necessarily signal a robust performance in the crucial holiday quarter.

Best Buy has tried to turn itself around by closing underperforming stores, improving customer service and most importantly, matching Inc’s low prices.

Those efforts have helped the company beat analysts’ sales estimates in six of the past eight quarters, a performance unmatched by other electronics retailers.

Best Buy also forecast full-year enterprise revenue of $43 billion for 2021. Analysts on average had expected $40.73 billion.

The company’s shares were down 8.5 percent at $52.45 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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