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• The Associated Press reports that "Walmart is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising spending in its stores as it seeks lower prices on goods that it sells to its own customers ... Historically, makers of consumer products such as laundry detergent devote a portion of their budget to marketing their products at Walmart, whether through store displays or online ads in social media. Walmart executives told suppliers to please reinvest some of that money instead."
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