Wal-Mart Drops Gun Sales in About Third of U.S. Stores

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

some places.

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

sporting goods.

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.

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