Blockbuster said its fourth-quarter domestic same-store sales climbed 4.4 percent, as increased sales of games, game merchandise and consumer electronics offset a decline in movie rentals.
The good news comes on the heels of the struggling company's hiring of corporate restructuring specialists Kirkland & Ellis to help rescue it from a financial bind. Blockbuster is hoping the firm can re-negotiate the terms of its outstanding loans and arrange financing to keep it afloat during the economic downturn.
Same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, are a key indicator of retailer performance since they measure growth at existing stores.
Shares fell 2 cents, or 4.3 percent, to close at 45 cents Thursday.