UPDATE 1-S.Africa's Massmart in talks to close Game stores in East, West Africa

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Oct 5 (Reuters) - South African retailer Massmart Holdings said on Wednesday that it had begun staff consultations about closing its Game stores in East and West Africa, after efforts to find domestic buyers for the stores failed.

Massmart Chief Executive Officer Mitch Slape said last year that it was in discussions to sell all its Game stores in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to stem losses in that struggling part of its business.

"Massmart initiated a process over a 12-month period to investigate... the opportunity to sell our East and West African stores to local investors. Unfortunately, this initiative did not deliver a meaningful outcome," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Massmart has been posting losses and losing market share to bigger local rivals in South Africa, forcing majority owner Walmart Inc to cut costs and invest more capital to turn the company around.

The U.S. retail giant has signed a deal to begin buying the 47% stake in Massmart it did not already own. (Reporting by Amna Karimi and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Alexander Winning)