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Carphone Warehouse gets £1.1bn for share of retail stores

Carphone Warehouse has sold a 50% share in its high street stores to Best Buy. The move may see Best Buy bringing its warehouse style computer and electronics retailing muscle to Europe, but they would not be the first since PC World stores are already large and sprawling offering pretty much the same products.

The interesting thing is what will Carphone Warehouse do with the £1.1bn. Suggestions are that it will be used in part to reduce the debt within the group and may help to fund further growth of the broadband arms that are Talk Talk and AOL Broadband.


Oh dear, another computer and electronics retailer in the market on the back of a recent profit warning from DSGi :o

I guess it will all come down to prices!

  • adriandaz
  • over 12 years ago

Best Buy are more of a Currys than PC World

  • _sjr_
  • over 12 years ago

I would imagine it wants to buy tiscali, god knows why though, they have to be the worst isp out there!

  • doowles
  • over 12 years ago

Tiscali has a good TV service in place and lots of customers - CPW need it.

  • gayboy-ds
  • over 12 years ago

If you're buying the "worst" ISP out there, that has plenty of customers and they keep on coming back for more - then if you take them over, there's less chance of you making it worse and loosing customers.

  • KarlAustin
  • over 12 years ago

Best Buy also sell a lot of media - CDs DVDs etc - so its more like a mixture of Currys and Zavvi

Their computer sales assistants would fit in well at PC World :-)

Don't know why they decided to bail out CPW's debt problem though.

  • herdwick
  • over 12 years ago

The Best Buys in Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas are more like UK PC World than the New York stores which did seem more like a mix of DVD/CD/Computer stuff

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 12 years ago

In California and North Carolina, there are two sizes of BestBuy, smaller ones are more Currys, white goods/CDs/DVDs, and the larger have the same but have PCs as well.

I thought CompUSA was the better computer chain, but heard they're bankrupt in most states. Shame.

  • jchamier
  • over 12 years ago

Does anyone have experience of mobile broadband coverage in Cornwall? I travel down their regularly and am thinking about signing up with a mobile broadband provider but have heard coverage can be poor in some rural areas. I’ve been looking at various different mobile broadband providers here: and am leaning towards Vodafone.

Any advice would be great. I don’t want to sign up and find I’m paying for a product that doesn’t work!

  • carolinenational
  • over 12 years ago

Who cares, i wouldnt buy anything from the likes of CPW, best buy or any other big rip off refuse to fix or replace anything chain.

  • over 12 years ago

problem is, there are *plenty* of suckers out there that will...
- and lots that dont realize that CPW only sell it, not manage it... just like DIxons Service Group(that includes PCW, currys, dixons..) ALL they know about is selling & warranties..
once you have bought stuff, go to the company- talktalk, AOL, Orange, VirginMedia - you will get a lot more sense from the ACTUAL manager!!

  • comnut
  • over 12 years ago

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