ANNUAL MEETING

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores' struggles with its reputation, sluggish sales and stagnant stock price tempered the customarily festive annual shareholders' meeting, which was replete with the national anthem sung by Jessica Simpson, performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks, and raucous cheers."We'd better be ready to be better," said Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer, addressing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores' struggles with its reputation, sluggish sales and stagnant stock price tempered the customarily festive annual shareholders' meeting, which was replete with the national anthem sung by Jessica Simpson, performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks, and raucous cheers.

"We'd better be ready to be better," said Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer, addressing 20,000 shareholders, analysts, suppliers and Wal-Mart employees at the five-ho

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