NEW YORK — TWICE has released the Top 100 CE Retailers Report, our annual ranking of the largest consumer electronics retailers in the nation.
Not surprisingly, Best Buy and Walmart continue to lead the pack, followed by Apple, Target, Costco, Dell, GameStop, Amazon.com, Radio- Shack and Sam’s Club, which joins the inner circle in Circuit City’s absence.
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Together these 10 leading retailers accounted for 74 percent of all CE volume on the Top 100 charts.
What is surprising, however, is that the 100 largest dealers together managed to eke out a 2 percent increase in CE sales during the depths of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Their 2009 performance, tracked by TWICE market research partner The Stevenson Company of Louisville, Ky., speaks to the expanding role of CE in consumers’ lives, and to the resiliency of dealers who cut costs, built new stores and changed business models to ride out the recession.
For some it wasn’t enough. Making their final appearance on the Top 100 — at least in their previous incarnations — are Bernie’s (No. 79) and MyerEmco (No. 93), which ended operations this year. But their departures will make way for new additions, like this year’s newcomers In- Motion Entertainment (No. 89), the CE airport chain, and Geeks.com (No. 80), which last year sold nearly $60 million in computer gear direct to techies over the Web.