By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Specialty retailer Electronics Boutique Holdings posted increased sales and moved its net income into the black during its fiscal second quarter.
The company, which is dedicated exclusively to video game hardware, software and PC entertainment software and accessories, recorded a 38.3 percent increase in total revenue, hitting $262.6 million, up from $189.9 million in the year-ago period. Comp-store sales climbed 20.3 percent in the three months, primarily due to significant sales strength from PlayStation2, Xbox and GameCube hardware.
Net income for the second quarter, ended Aug. 3, reached $696,000, wiping out a net loss of $1.5 million reported in the same period last year.
On a pro forma basis, excluding results of operations and related expenses associated with the company's closed EB Kids stores and potential sale of BC Sports Collectibles, second-quarter revenue was $259.1 million, compared with $184 million a year ago. Pro forma net income for the second quarter was $1.1 million, compared with a net loss of $589,000 in the same three months in 2001.
Electronics Boutique reported domestic video game sales growth of 46.3 percent in the second quarter, compared with the 24.5 percent increase for the industry reported by NPDFunwsorld.
For the six months, total revenue climbed 31.8 percent, reaching $500.3 million, up from $379.5 million in the same period last year. The retailer reported net revenue of $1.3 million in the six months, compared with a net loss of $3 million in the same six months in 2001.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.