As the competitive retail landscape changes, so does Dealerscope's listing of the Top 50 Consumer Electronics Retailers, which begins on page 32. Best Buy's acquisition of Musicland and Future Shop in 2001 initiated two important changes in how we rank retailers. We now include Canadian retailers and sales in the registry and account for the sale of pre-recorded music and video.
Dealerscope researched 70 large United States and Canadian consumer electronics retailers—as well as hardware manufacturers selling direct to consumers—in order to devise its Top 50 registry. Information on CE sales, total sales, store counts, etc., was gleaned from readily available sources, such as SEC filings, Hoovers listings, Forbes listings, corporate press releases, corporate homepages and electronic databases.
Dealerscope telephoned each retailer no fewer than three times, giving each at least two weeks to confirm or contest the initial figures. Most confirmed CE sales estimates. However, some private companies refused to disclose sales information. Other companies, both public and private, could not or would not separate CE sales from their overall merchandise mixes. Finally, some companies did not return telephone calls. In these cases, Dealerscope published its best estimates.