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  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported that September sales remained near the high end of its forecast for a three-to-five percent increase. Same-store sales at its Sam's Club warehouse club stores were on pace for a percentage increase in the high single digits.

    Men's apparel, toys, infants' and toddlers' products, food, pet supplies, paint and accessories paced sales in the week ended Friday, the company said.

  • Walgreen Co. announced fourth quarter net earnings of $277.1 million, compared with $247.7 million for the same period a year earlier. Sales for the three-month period ended Aug. 31 were $8.25 billion, a 14 percent increase from $7.24 billion.

    For the fiscal year, earnings were $1.18 billion, up 15 percent from $1.02 billion a year earlier. Revenues for the year advanced 13 percent to $32.51 billion from $28.68 billion.

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