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Dow Jones reports that Walmart “has started aggressively asking suppliers for opening-price-point goods in recent weeks, taking aim at dollar stores' low prices ... This means the world's largest retailer will be pressing partners such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Kraft Foods Inc. to make smaller, more affordable packages of their products.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego City Council seems likely to repeal the ordinance making it difficult for supercenters to be built by companies such as Walmart. The reason: Walmart collected enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue, but the Council seems more inclined to simply repeal the ordinance rather than spend more than three million dollars that it doesn’t have on a special election.
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