WASHINGTON -- Seeking to defuse the idea that Wal-Mart Stores is "an amazingly monstrous company taking over the world," a Wal-Mart executive told a recent industry gathering that the retailer is very much focused on satisfying its core customers -- especially on matters of price -- and that its harshest critics work for the company. "When we talk in our company, we mostly talk about how we are not very good and how our competition is much better," said Gordon Erickson, senior vice ...

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