WAL-MART TO ACCELERATE SUPERCENTER EXPANSION

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores plans to accelerate the pace of supercenter openings next year, scheduling 200 to 210 additional locations, "with similar growth planned for the next five years," according to Tom Coughlin, president and chief executive officer of the company's Wal-Mart Stores division and Sam's Club USA.Analysts polled by SN agreed that the growth of the supercenters was a threat

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores plans to accelerate the pace of supercenter openings next year, scheduling 200 to 210 additional locations, "with similar growth planned for the next five years," according to Tom Coughlin, president and chief executive officer of the company's Wal-Mart Stores division and Sam's Club USA.

Analysts polled by SN agreed that the growth of the supercenters was a threat to traditional operators and that Wal-Mart's relatively slow rollout plans for its sm

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