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Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Walmart is eliminating the $5 fee charged to customers who want to use its layaway program during the upcoming end-of-year holiday shopping season.

According to the story, "The holiday layaway program is slated to kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, Wal-Mart is bringing back its $10 cancellation fee that was eliminated last year."

Walmart revived its layaway program in 2011, five years after having phased it out, as a response to what it saw as a recession-driven slowdown in consumer spending.
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