Lewisville, Texas

A glimmer of hope and a sexy partnership are apparently all it takes to propel a massive rally in shares of Best Buy Co.

The struggling retailer's share price has more than doubled this year, making it the top gainer in the S&P 500. Last month's quarterly results stoked hope that the company's battered business was stabilizing. More optimism spread on Thursday amid word of the company's expanded partnership with Samsung, news that sent the stock up as much as 13%.

Best Buy will carve out prime real estate

It all started with a small, independent retailer, Kay’s Kloset of Lewisville, Texas, not unlike many of the mom-and-pop CE dealers. Kay’s (known as PSKS in court documents) was a retailer of the Brighton brand of leather women’s accessories—belts, shoes, handbags, etc.—offered by Leegin Creative Leather Products. According to court transcripts, Leegin had a history of working with independents. Founded in 1991, Leegin expanded to around 5,000 retail establishments, mostly independent, and they made a point of not selling to larger retailers like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club because it believed such retailers did not offer the kind of service their products demanded. Kay’s Kloset began selling

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