By The Associated Press
THE NEWS: Toys R Us outlined its plan for the holidays Wednesday - including adding a "hot toy" reservation system, beefing up services like layaway and ship-to-store, and offering more exclusive toys like its $149.99 Tabeo tablet.
THE CONTEXT: The holidays are crucial for retailers, particularly toy stores. The season can account for up to 40 percent of annual sales. Toys R Us is facing competition from discounters and online retailers, plus a weak videogame industry.
NEW PRODUCTS: The company is also adding a line of clothing and baby products under Heidi Klum's name and a line of Legos called Technic.
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