April 15, 2006 - Posted at 1:02 p.m. CST
UNDATED (AP) _ Wal-Mart will stop selling guns in about a third
of its U-S- stores. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jolanda Stewart said
yesterday that it's a marketing decision based on lack of demand in
She wouldn't say which stores were affected.
The world's largest retailer decided last month to remove
firearms from about 1-thousand stores in favor of stocking other
The decision is in line with Wal-Mart's broader strategy for
boosting sales by paying closer attention to local differences in
Bentonville-based Wal-Mart has about 12-hundred discount stores
and 19-hundred Supercenters in the United States. Wal-Mart says it
sells rifles and shotguns but not handguns, except in Alaska.
Wal-Mart's experimental new Supercenter for more upscale
shoppers, which opened last month in the affluent Dallas suburb of
Plano, does not carry guns.