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Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto 4 sales top $500 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Software publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc TTWO.O on Wednesday said it sold some 6 million units of its criminal action game "Grand Theft Auto 4" in its first week, with estimated retail sales exceeding $500 million.

The company, which is facing a takeover offer from rival Electronic Arts Inc ERTS.O, said it sold about 3.6 million units globally at its debut on April 29.

Retail chains such as GameStop Corp GME.N and Best Buy Co Inc BBY.N took advance orders for weeks of the game, which has been lavished with near-universal accolades.

Reporting by Franklin Paul; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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