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• The New York Times reports that Walmart "says it significantly boosted its holiday inventory for electronics, toys and other potentially popular products, betting that the promise of being in-stock will attract customers during this crucial shopping season."

"We bought really deep. It's our commitment that we are going to have product and that is one of our key advantages," Steve Bratspies, Walmart's chief merchandising officer, said yesterday.

And, the Associated Press reports that Walmart says that "it is offering most of the same Black Friday 'doorbuster' deals online and in stores for the first time and giving online shoppers an early jump on the sales."
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