Kelly Groehler

Best Buy Co., trying to reverse slumping store sales, is reassigning about 2,000 loss-prevention employees in its U.S. locations to focus on selling customers more merchandise.

Employees who greeted shoppers entering Best Buy's big-box stores and checked receipts when they left will join the ranks of the company's blue-shirted sales force, Kelly Groehler, a spokeswoman for the Richfield, Minnesota-based company, said yesterday. No workers are being fired, she said.

Chief Executive Officer Hubert Joly, who took over last week, is seeking to revive sales as customers defect to Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart

Best Buy is planning to increase the amount of seasonal workers it hires this winter, a company executive told MinnPost.com.

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