MIAMI (CNET) — Wal-Mart will no longer sell Amazon’s Kindle products, highlighting the tensions between the online and physical retail worlds.

The retailing giant confirmed in an e-mail that it would no longer carry the product beyond its current inventory. Reuters earlier reported the decision.

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Amazon declined to comment.

The decision to cease selling Amazon’s products comes as the online retailer is eating into physical retail chains, also known as brick-and-mortar stores. With more consumers browsing in stores but making purchases online, retailers face the risk of declining sales — an issue that has shut down companies such as Borders and Circuit City.

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Wal-Mart declined to specify why it made the decision, only saying it “is consistent with our overall merchandising strategy.” The company said it would continue to offer other tablets and e-readers.

Amazon offers the Kindle family of products, from the Kindle Touch e-reader to the Kindle Fire HD tablet, on its store. Because it sells it at a low price, there are little margins for another retailer like Wal-Mart. That’s one reason Wal-Mart could have stopped selling the devices.

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Amazon, meanwhile, likely isn’t going to see much of an impact from Wal-Mart’s dropping of its products. A vast majority of Kindle sales are made through its Web site.

CBSMiami.com Team