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Wal-Mart dominates nearly every category in which it participates, with one rather large exception: consumer electronics. The nation's largest retailer comes in third after specialty retailer Best Buy and Dell, which is now branching out into a greater selection of electronics offerings.
Third place is not a typical position for Wal-Mart in a category, and whether they view this as a challenge or an opportunity, Wal-Mart is ramping up its participation in this category as evidenced by its newest store format.
Opened in October 2003, Wal-Mart's latest discount store prototype is a bit larger, at 160,000 square feet, allowing key departments such as CE a …