WAL-MART PACES GROWTH OF NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET STORES

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said it still sees "thousands of opportunities" to open new supercenters by building them closer together than it historically has. However, any large-scale rollout of its smaller Neighborhood Market concept remains on the back burner.At its 11th annual analysts' meeting this month, the company said it plans to open 240 to 250 new supercenters in the fiscal

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said it still sees "thousands of opportunities" to open new supercenters by building them closer together than it historically has. However, any large-scale rollout of its smaller Neighborhood Market concept remains on the back burner.

At its 11th annual analysts' meeting this month, the company said it plans to open 240 to 250 new supercenters in the fiscal year beginning Feb. 1, 2005. With 1,650 supercenters open to-date and more expected to

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