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Dow Jones reports that Walmart CEO Mike Duke is expecting a lot of last-minute end-of-year holiday shopping this year, and so will delay putting up Christmas decorations until a little later than usual.

"The customer will use every bit of intelligence, price comparisons and shopping on the Internet," Duke told at a Goldman Sachs retail conference Thursday, referring to a global consumer frugality that will affect sales through the end of the year.
KC's View:
It will be interesting to see what happens on Black Friday this year – always one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and not one of the more profitable because of all the sales that take place that day.