consumer electronics

This May Be Best Buy's Last Hope

Best Buy founder Richard Schulze apparently isn't giving up on his dream of taking back his company. Reuters reports that Schulze and a consortium of at least four private equity firms are studying the struggling consumer electronics retailer's books to explore what sources say may be an $11 billion buyout.

RadioShack CEO Gooch Steps Down

RadioShack CEO James Gooch has agreed to step down immediately and is leaving its board of directors. Chief Financial Officer Dorvin Lively will serve as its interim CEO while it looks for a permanent replacement, the company said.

Why RadioShack Will Still Never Be Great Again

Beleaguered consumer electronics retailer RadioShack wants to be your next no-contract wireless carrier. But its new partnership with Leap Wireless' Cricket has no chance of stemming the decline of the once-popular small-box chain.

Best Buy Buyout Is No Sure Thing

Shares of Best Buy soared Monday after founder Richard Schulze said he wanted to buy the company. In private hands, Best Buy would be able to attempt a turnaround outside of the public limelight, but it won't be easy to get to the fairy tale ending.

Best Buy Founder Offers to Buy Retailer, Take It Private

Best Buy's founder said Monday that he wants to take the electronics retailer private by buying up all of its shares he doesn't already own in a deal that values the company at as much as $8.84 billion. The news sent Best Buy shares up 24 percent in premarket trading.

Can a New Guy Save Best Buy?

Best Buy reported another pretty dismal quarter last week, but some investors got excited anyway. Interim CEO Mike Mikan headed up the conference call for the first time and talked some interesting turnaround strategy for the retailer. But should the market buy any of it?

10 Everyday Things You're Probably Paying Too Much For

Given the way capitalism works, we're all bound to overpay sometimes. The key is to avoid making it a habit. Here are 10 common things you're most likely paying too much for, and tips for keeping more of that cash in your pocket.

5 Reasons Best Buy Stockholders Should Dread Thursday

The holidays may have come and gone, but when Best Buy posts its quarterly earnings, it's going to very publicly relive them -- whether it wants to or not. Wall Street analysts are generally optimistic, but there reasons for investors to worry.

Family Money: How to Cash In on Your Old Electronics

Every day, Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers. But we're passing up a tidy sum -- plus some potential tax deductions -- by dumping them in the trash or leaving them to gather dust.

Don't Look Now, But Google Just Goofed

Last week, rumors began emerging of a planned wireless entertainment device from Google. That may sound cool, but before Google jumps headfirst into the brutally competitive and low-margin consumer electronics business, it should recall how similar moves nearly crushed Cisco.

Best Buy Still Doesn't Get It

The retailer's latest quarter was another disaster. Revenue rose by less than 2% to $12.1 billion. Earnings, adjusted for a one-time restructuring charge, fell to $0.47 a share, well below both last year's figure and analysts' target. Here's why Best Buy's future isn't going to be any easier than its recent past.

8 Survival Rules for Black Friday Shoppers

Switch on the TV or open the newspaper today, and you'd think there was only one day a year to get bargains: Black Friday. But if you're not careful, the year's most-hyped shopping day can be filled with traps. Here's how not to get bamboozled.

We'd Rather Buy iPhones Than Clothes, Report Reveals

Though Americans aren't buying homes, clothes, gas, or furniture, we're still spending on gadgets, according to Tuesday's retail sales report from the Department of Commerce. Overall retail sales rose 0.6% in October, mostly due to higher electronics and appliance sales.

Holiday Spending Will Rise Despite Fewer Customers

Consumers will spend a bit more this holiday shopping season, but there will be fewer of them in stores, predicts research firm ShopperTrak. It forecasts that national retail sales will rise 3% during November and December compared to the year before, but foot traffic will fall 2.2%.

My 3 Cents: Fix It or Nix It? A Gadget Conundrum

Your favorite gadget just broke, and is no longer under warranty. Should you repair it or replace it? DailyFinance consumer advisor Regina Lewis examines the best options for your ongoing consumer electronics happiness.

Apple iPad 2 Launches to Long Lines

Apple's second version of its popular iPad tablet computer went on sale Friday afternoon, and was greeted by the now-familiar lines of buyers outside Apple stores.

Looking for a Play on China's Middle Class? Try NIVS

NIVS IntelliMedia Technology Group, whose consumer-electronic products and brands are widely known in China and marketed in some 80 countries, flies under the radar in the U.S. But this it's well positioned to cash in on rising consumer spending in China.

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

Beyond TVs: Vizio Now Sees Big Growth in Small Screens

Now the No. 1. U.S. seller of LCD TVs, Vizio is setting its sights on the smartphone and tablet computer markets. But will its low-cost business model translate to the mobile electronics market? That's not a sure bet, but it'll be interesting to watch.

CES: Not Just for Early Adopters

vendors look over latest technology at CESIt's hard to avoid the Consumer Electronics Show. Talk of it is everywhere and you'll be hard pressed to access a news outlet this week without...