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Corie Barry, who became CEO of the retailer in June 2019, oversaw a rise in online sales during her first year in the job: Digital orders accounted for nearly 20% of the company’s $43.6 billion in revenue last year. But after frenetic consumer demand in March—as the newly self-isolated stocked up on laptops, refrigerators, and devices that could be used for remote learning—Best Buy, like most retailers, began feeling the sting of the pandemic. The 54-year-old chain in April furloughed 51,000 of its 125,000 employees, including nearly all part-time workers.
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