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Bloomberg reports that Andrew James Bond, a Walmart vice president testifying in South Africa about his company’s proposed acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Massmart Holdings there, said that his company is “more than happy” to “recognize labor unions where unions are relevant.”

“The fact that low numbers of our U.S. workers are unionized must be seen against the fact that less than 5 percent of retail workers in the U.S. are unionized,” Bond said.

The Massmart deal has run into some opposition because of concerns that Walmart’s legendary anti-union stance will cause job losses.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago has reached an agreement with Walmart, which wants to build a store there, that would limit the unit to a maximum 33,395 square feet. The covenant - which Walmart has not confirmed - would put size limits on Walmart there in perpetuity.

• Walmart-owned Asda Group has announced that it is expanding its “Chosen By You” private brand line by adding 40 new meat and seafood products, as well as rebranding and reformulating another 20 items that already have been available in stores.

The mid-priced line, according to The Grocer, will be broken up into four basic categories - 'summer eating', 'convenient for midweek meals', 'something special' and 'weekend roasts'.
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