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  • The Associated Press reports that a Wal-Mart store in Roanoke, Virginia, that was emulating a successful “singles night” promotion that the company has been using in Germany has now cancelled the promotion under orders from Bentonville headquarters.

    No reason for the cancellation has been given.

    The Roanoke store reportedly was the only US Wal-Mart to have a Singles Shopping night, in which customers in search of companionship could pick up a red bow at the front door and put it on their shopping carts as a way of signaling availability. “Flirt points” reportedly were set up in specific sections of the store.

  • Wal-Mart reportedly hopes to post double digit sales growth in China this year and double the number of outlets it has there by the end of 2006.

  • The Toledo Blade reports that Wal-Mart has decided to open its first supercenter in that market, switching from a planned discount store that it was going to build to the larger, more dominant concept.

    The move to a 203,000 square foot format with a full line of groceries, the paper says, will create “a new challenge for dominant Kroger Co. and other competitors” such as Meijer.

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