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Walmart targets video games with latest price cuts

WAL-MART Stores Inc is cutting prices on popular video games by US$10 each and offering a US$50 gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo Wii video game console as the retailer tries to lure shoppers to its US stores ahead of the Christmas holiday.
Now through Dec. 24, Walmart will sell "Rock Band: Beatles" for the Wii for US$40, down from US$50, and it will offer "Left 4 Dead 2" for Microsoft's Xbox 360 for US$50, compared with its previous price of US$60.
From Dec. 5 until Dec. 12, Walmart also said that shoppers who buy a Wii in its stores for US$199 will also get a US$50 Walmart gift card.
Walmart is cutting prices on select items every week until Christmas as it seeks to win the business of bargain-hungry shoppers. The discount giant has already reduced prices on toys, televisions, turkeys and bananas, while has slashed prices on books and DVDs.
But competitors like Target Corp and Inc have responded with price cuts of their own or offers to match competitors' prices.
The holiday shopping sales rush got underway over the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, but early data showing sales only rose slightly disappointed investors, who were hoping for a more robust start to the season. ID:nN30447994
Retailers are now trying to avoid the inevitable drop in store traffic that occurs in the early weeks of December, after the drastic discounts offered over the Thanksgiving weekend fade.
Meanwhile, the video game industry is hoping that new titles, like "The Beatles: Rock Band," can boost sales during the holiday season.

The industry, once thought to be relatively insulated from economic concerns, has struggled this year with sales in the once robust music software category flagging and few blockbuster titles to compel worried consumers to spend.


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