Takes a Breather

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. keeps expanding the number of brick-and-mortar outlets it has but continues to struggle with its online strategy. Last week, Wal-Mart prompted puzzled curiosity, as well as outright disdain, when it shut down entirely for what it says will be a few weeks. A site redesign is under way with Oct. 17 set as a target for re- opening. Merchandise orders accepted before the closing will be fulfilled, Wal-Mart hastened to add.

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