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Sales spike for red, white and blue

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sales of the American flag have spiked dramatically at some stores in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks.

Wal-Mart says it sold 450,000 American flags between Tuesday and Thursday, after selling only 26,000 during the same period last year.

Kmart says it has sold 200,000 flags since Tuesday and that many of its stores are out of stock.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart says flag sales are continuing strong but that sales of guns, gasoline cans, batteries, and some nonperishable foods have leveled off after surging for a few days after jetliners plowed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The retailer refused to say how many more guns it sold.

Both retail chains say that red, white and blue items are hot sellers., Kmart's Web site, says its top-selling item is one introduced only last night: a T-shirt featuring the American flag and the words "United We Stand."

Proceeds from T-shirt sales will go to the American Red Cross.

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