US consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has decided to end its relationship with China’s Huawei Technologies due to increased scrutiny by US authorities on Chinese technology firms.
This would come as a setback for the Chinese firm, which was hoping to attain a bigger US market share.
Huawei’s smartphones are not sold by any US carrier, through whom most Americans usually purchase their phones.
GlobalData analyst Avi Greengart termed this move as ‘devastating for Huawei’.
The heightened US scrutiny over Chinese tech firms has increased trade tensions between the two countries.
“Huawei currently sells its products through a range of leading consumer electronics retailers in the US,” the firm stated.
It also added that its products meet the ‘highest security, privacy and engineering standards in the industry’.
In February, two Republican Senators introduced a bill to stop the US Government from purchasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE over security concerns.