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Best Buy Co. lowered its earnings outlook as the U.S. economic downturn has been quickly eroding sales at the consumer-electronics giant.

Best Buy said sales at stores open at least a year slumped 7.6% last month following a 1.3% decline in September. As such, Best Buy now expects the measurement for the year ending Feb. 28 to fall 1% to 8%, with results for the last four months of the fiscal year — which encompass the all-important holiday-shopping season — potentially tumbling by between 5% to 15%. Best Buy had been expecting 2% to 3% growth in same-store sales for the year.