BOSTON — Wal-Mart Stores’ “self-funded” price investments are driving increased basket price separation from Target, Kantar Retail here said in a report released Monday. Kantar’s semi-annual pricing study said a basket of branded goods at Wal-Mart was 4% less expansive than the same basket at Target — the largest gap since the pricing study began in 2009. While strategic price discounts on key items continue to be a cornerstone of Target’s price ...

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