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• The Chicago Tribune reports that on Wednesday Walmart “unveiled its new design for remodeled stores — a look that ties each section of the store together with a fresh use of light and color. Gone are the high shelves stuffed with so much it was hard for shoppers to find what they sought. Now, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is showing softer colors, understated shelving and employing a design intended to keep customers from having to dart all over a tremendous store to gather their purchases … The bright design fits with the company's economic-downturn strategy of offering affordable fun — from DVDs to prepared meals — that families are opting for instead of eating out and going to the movies.”
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