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Retailers to Stop Sale of San Andreas

After today’s Adult-Only rating announcement, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC, PS2, Xbox) will no longer be sold at national retailers. Wal-Mart said today that it was pulling the game from their shelves, as did Target.

“We are removing the game from our shelves as soon as possible, and will block purchases of the game at point-of-sale until that removal is complete,” said Lena Michaud, a spokesperson for Target.

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As a result, Take-Two Interactive expects to lose some money. The company lowered its third quarter and fiscal year guidance to reflect the expected negative impact on the title’s retail performance. As a result of the re-rating of the game, Take-Two is lowering guidance for the third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2005 from $170 million to $160 million in net sales.