THE NEWS: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop selling Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet and Kindle e-readers.
THE CONTEXT: Wal-Mart's decision comes after a similar decision by Target in May. Amazon has been selling lower-priced tablets at thin — if any — profit margins to boost sales of digital media like books and music from its online store. That makes it less attractive for major retailers to carry Kindles in their stores.
WHAT'S NEXT: The news comes ahead of the holiday season, which is crucial for retailers since they generate up to 40 percent of their annual revenue during the period.