A curious thing happened to Wal-Mart Stores on its way to rolling out Neighborhood Markets, the discounter's format closest to a conventional supermarket: The rollout never really took hold with the speed that might have been anticipated. Now, it develops, the rollout of Neighborhood Markets will continue to be comparatively sluggish. During its next fiscal year, which starts in February, Wal-Mart intends to open perhaps fewer than 30 of the small-format stores against about 250 sizable ...

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