Circuit City

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said that comparable store-sales in December grew by 1%, while overall store sales grew by 2%. Excluding appliances, which Circuit City stopped selling in the third quarter, comparable store sales grew 7%.

That big vacant spot where all the refrigerators were has been filled with DVD players, digital cameras and other high tech goodies that sold quite well, Chief Executive W. Alan McCollough said.

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"The new and expanded selections of video game hardware and software, personal computer software, peripherals, accessories and digital imaging more than offset the sales lost by our exit from the appliance business," he said in a prepared statement.

Circuit City said it was also pleased with recent efforts to remodel its stores, but said a full-scale remodeling would not be necessary in most cases. The company said it will be testing partial remodelings that cost less and can be completed in 60 days, four months less time that a full remodel takes to complete.