John Hough

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics trade: The Boundaries Blur By Laura Spinale Throw-away comments often capture changing mores. Annoyed by a reporter who questioned why anyone would attempt to scale Mount Everest, George Leigh Mallory sarcastically replied, "Because it's there." This off-the-cuff remark reflected the naked ambition of the early 20th Century. Trying to decide how to categorize individual Top 50 retailers, a Dealerscope staffer said of Staples, "The company sells through stores. It sells via catalog. It sells on the Web. I don't know whether to call it a multi-region office-supply store, a catalog retailer or a cybershop. It's everything. Everybody's everything." When retail analysts study

By Laura Spidale Let's talk for a minute about why loves--just "Every time someone successfully buys a $20 book from, it prepares him to buy a $2,000 computer system from Egghead," John Hough,'s spokeman, said. After divesting itself of its remaining 87 brick-and-mortar outlets, Egghead in fiscal 1998 moved operations to the web. Consumers ordered about $293.1 million worth of goods from the company web site. The nation's top 50 consumer electronics retailers in 1998 garnered $64.3 billion in sales, a 10.58 percent increase over the $58.1 billion earned in 1997. No one knows exactly how much of that total to attribute to Internet

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