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Target has begun selling Apple's popular iPad tablet computer, a move the retailer hopes will drive traffic to its stores this holiday season.

The six models available include 16-, 32- and 64-gigabyte versions of both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models. They are available in-store only and start at $499.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is now the largest retail chain to carry the iPad. Best Buy Co. has carried the iPad since the device's April launch.

The weak economy hasn't seemed to dim demand for the tablet computer. Apple Inc. sold about 3.3 million iPads in the gadget's first three months on the market and some analysts have estimated that it sold over 5 million iPads during the quarter ended in September.

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