This story has been updated from 10:32 am EST to include reports of management layoffs, stock price update.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - On Thursday morning, investors will hear just how bad competition over the holiday season dented Best Buy (BBY) when it reports fourth-quarter earnings.
The Richfield, Minn.-based electronics chain already said in January comparable store sales for the first nine weeks of the quarter dropped 0.8%, compared to a consensus expectation of a 2% rise.
Comps at domestic stores specifically dropped 0.9%, reflecting a highly promotional and competitive environment from the likes of Amazon (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
Best Buy said that revenue as of Jan. 4 had fallen 2.5% to $11.45 billion, compared to the prior year's quarter and that its non-GAAP operating margin would drop 175-185 basis points over last year.
As a result, Best Buy plans to rejigger strategic plans for 2014 to include lowering its cost structure "more quickly and more deeply;" grow its online channel at an "accelerated pace;" and reinvigorate and expand its Geek Squad services business, among other things, the company said at the time.
Wall Street will be looking for more clarity on those cost-cutting plans and just how it plans to take market share from big competitors.
According to a report by the New York Post, Best Buy plans to cut up to 2,000 mid-level managers this year at its more than 1,000 stores across the country. Best Buy has already notified roughly 500 "field managers" of job cuts last week, the Post claims. The firings are not expected to affect customer-facing employees.
A Best Buy spokesman declined to comment to TheStreet.
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