WAL-MART HAS HIGH HOPES FOR MARKET FORMAT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (FNS) -- Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., gave a big vote of confidence to its Neighborhood Market format, stressing that the concept will become a major player for the company."We're not huge yet, but we will be," said Tom Schoewe, Wal-Mart chief financial officer, referring to the mass retailer's conventional supermarket format. "We are testing Neighborhood Markets just as

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (FNS) -- Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., gave a big vote of confidence to its Neighborhood Market format, stressing that the concept will become a major player for the company.

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