GROWING PAINS

An investor who bought 100 shares of Wal-Mart stock in 1975 could be facing a very comfortable retirement. If that investor had waited until the year 2000 to buy 100 shares of Wal-Mart stock well, maybe that investor should have played the horses instead. Despite being one of the biggest growth stories in the history of American business, Wal-Mart Stores, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company that stormed

An investor who bought 100 shares of Wal-Mart stock in 1975 could be facing a very comfortable retirement.

If that investor had waited until the year 2000 to buy 100 shares of Wal-Mart stock — well, maybe that investor should have played the horses instead.

Despite being one of the biggest growth stories in the history of American business, Wal-Mart Stores, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company that stormed America with its no-frills stores and rock-bottom prices, seems to have

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