Starting in the middle of 2008, electronics and appliance retailer HHGregg Inc. will open at least five locations in Central Florida. The first of the stores will open in the Jacksonville area and then continue to Orlando shortly after, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The expansion to Florida is a result of the completion of a near $49 million initial public offering of shares last July, followed by earnings in the last fiscal year of $1.1 billion, the newspaper reported. Competing against electronic retail leaders such as Best Buy and Circuit City, HHGregg offers same-day delivery on items that are in stock for a

Springing Forward After Slow WinterBy Markkus RovitoORLANDO, Fla.—Most NATM Buying Corp. members and executives maintained an attitude of cautious optimism for 2001 at the group's annual meeting held last month. Although NATM Executive Director Bill Trawick called CE sales figures in January and February "not exciting," NATM expects another year of growth, with sales bouncing back in the second half of the year. (Note: After the NATM meeting, major stock indexes fell to their lowest levels in more than two years for the week ended March 16.) In order to weather the storm, NATM said its members would work on increasing efficiency in

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