There's something of a confessional tone to much of the talk coming out of Arkansas these days. Reeling from two straight years of declining quarterly same-store sales in the U.S., officials at Wal-Mart Stores have pledged to rebound behind many of the tactics that turned the Bentonville, Ark., merchant into the largest company in the world — and which it seemingly turned against in recent years: Build a lot of stores. Watch the bottom line. Stack it high and deep. Sell it cheap ...

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