Retailer Reduces Gun Sales

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Wal-Mart will stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores. Spokeswoman Jolanda Stewart said Friday 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 1,000 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 demand.

Wal-Mart has about 1200 discount stores and 1,900 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.