The Carphone Warehouse has published its financial results for its fourth quarter of 2010, along with some figures for the full year and guidance for 2011.
It says its share of Best Buy Europe's net income to March 2010 was worth around £47 million, slightly more than had been predicted. In addition, its share of Best Buy Mobile US profit was around £46m, well ahead of initial guidance.
Best Buy UK says its new consumer electronics stores will sell much more than mobile phones, multimedia equipment and domestic appliances. Its new shops will have a 'GreenTech' area that'll offer electric cars, motorcycles, scooters and bicycles alongside energy-saving products. The electric Tesla Roadster will be on show at the new Thurrock store, while the Citroën C1 ev'ie city car will be available in all Best Buy stores to test drive and order.
Best Buy's first UK store is set to open next week at 7am on Friday 30th April at Thurrock in Essex. Stores in Hedge End (Southampton), Merry Hill (West Midlands), Aintree and Croydon are also due to open this year.
Telecoms research company Berg Insight expects the number of mobile banking users to grow from 55 million people last year to reach 894 million users in 2015. That's a compound annual growth rate of 59.2%. Asia-Pacific is expected to account for more than half of the total user base, with 115 million users in Europe anticipated by 2015.