BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here said it has created four core merchandising areas that align similar categories — a move designed to make the company more competitive in each customer channel and improve how it targets and localizes merchandise, Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., said. The food area will continue to be run by Jack Sinclair, executive vice president. Working under him will be Steve Bratspies, senior vice president, dry grocery; DeDe ...

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