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Circuit City Continues to Tinker

Far from its old "stack 'em high, watch 'em fly" approach, struggling electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc. hopes its smaller concept stores, widespread cost-cutting and new support services will spark a turnaround despite increasing competition and the faltering economy.

"We have a difficult economy, we have fierce competition and we're in the middle of some of the most difficult, deepest work in the transformation," Chief Executive Philip J. Schoonover said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Circuit City hasn't seen a quarterly profit since the second quarter of 2007 and lost more than it had expected in the third quarter of its fiscal 2008, which ended Nov. 30. Now, it anticipates reporting a "modest loss" in the fourth quarter, which included most of the crucial holiday-shopping season.

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