Headquarters: Richfield

Status: Largest consumer electronics retailer in U.S.

Stores: 1,100 (U.S.)

Finances: Revenue of $50.7 billion; net income of -$1.23 billion (fiscal year 2012)

Employees: 167,000 (Minnesota: 7,850)

History: Founded in 1966; originally called Sound of Music; changed name to Best Buy Co. Inc. in 1983.

Brands: In addition to Best Buy's stores and online operations, brands include Geek Squad, Audio Visions, Carphone Warehouse, Five Star Appliance, Future Shop, Magnolia Home Theater, Pacific Sales, Best Buy Mobile and Best Buy for Business

Ticker symbol: BBY