Last week, Wal-Mart announced that it was looking to step up its sales of consumer electronics. Also, lately, there's been a lot of talk about Dell's hunt for retail partners, as it looks to move beyond its strictly direct sales model. So it seems the two companies have been brought together by mutual interest, as starting next month, Wal-Mart will begin selling Dell PCs. This alone won't be enough to reverse the fortunes of either company. Dell still needs to find shelf space at many more retailers to begin moving the dial, while electronics buyers aren't likely to shift from Best Buy to Wal-Mart just because it's selling one Dell model. Also, the move won't be doing any wonders for Dell's tired brand, which is already seen as less cool than Apple (obviously) and HP. But, it's an important step in assuring people that direct sales is not a "religion" at Dell, a point that Michael Dell has been trying hard to stress.
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