October 26, 2021

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Best Buy is acquiring British health-care company Current Health

An employee brings a television to a customer’s car at a Best Buy store in Orlando, Florida.

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Best Buy said Tuesday that it agreed to acquire Current Health, a British tech company that helps with remote patient monitoring and telehealth.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Best Buy expects the deal to close by the end of the fiscal year, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

With the move, Best Buy is pushing further into health care — a sector that CEO Corie Barry frequently describes as a growth opportunity. She has pointed to several trends that work in the retailer’s favor, such as the desire of many baby boomers to age at home, the health-care industry’s need to manage costs and the popularity of watches and other tech that tracks people’s health.

The consumer electronics retailer already owns businesses that operate in the space. It acquired GreatCall in an $800 million deal in 2018. The company makes easy-to-use cell phones and connected health devices, and provides emergency response services for aging adults. It acquired another senior-focused company, Critical Signal Technologies, in 2019.

Best Buy shares were trading up more than 1% in premarket trading.

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