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Wal-Mart, Kmart to sell $US299 PC

Wal-Mart, Kmart to sell $US299 PC

Wal-Mart Stores and Kmart will soon be selling $US299 PCs that consist of an integrated keyboard and computer that plugs into either a monitor or a television, supplier Compu-Dawn announced yesterday.

The computers will be manufactured by Advanced Technology Products of San Francisco and will include the GEOS operating system, co-developed by GlobalPC of California, said Allison McGuigan, a spokeswoman for Compu-Dawn's public relations firm, the Weber Group.

The systems will also include a suite of applications, including word processor and spreadsheet, that are compatible with Microsoft applications, said McGuigan. A monitor is not included.

The PCs initially will be available at Wal-Mart and Kmart stores in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Tampa, Florida, in the fourth quarter of this year. After the test run, those retailers and others are expected to sell the PCs throughout the US in the first quarter of next year, Compu-Dawn said in a statement.

Compu-Dawn, meanwhile, signed an agreement earlier this month to acquire GlobalPC and expects to close that stock-only deal at the beginning of the fourth quarter, according to McGuigan.

Compu-Dawn, based in Jacksonville, Florida, can be reached on the Web at http://www.compudawn.com/


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