BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said last week it would stop selling its sales data to market research firms as of late July to keep the information out of the hands of its retail competitors. The research firms contacted by SN said they were in continuing talks with Wal-Mart and hoped the retailer would reconsider its decision. They added that they either have plans in place or are developing plans to meet their customers' need for sales data without Wal-Mart cooperation. ...

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