business news in context, analysis with attitude, the c-commerce division of Wal-Mart Stores, says that there has been virtually no impact on online sales since the company started charging a sales tax for items sold over the Internet.

Customers have not complained about the tax, according to President and CEO John Fleming.

Wal-Mart is one of eight retailers that started charging a sales tax on items sold online, seemingly putting the lie to conventional wisdom that online sales taxes would hurt the nascent online retailing business.

According to Fleming, Wal-Mart charges the tax because it has integrated its online and brick-and-mortar operations, making it possible for customers to order online and pick up products at stores.
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