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• The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that anti-Wal-Mart activists are claiming some level of success in their efforts to turn public opinion against the retailer.

According to the paper, a Zogby International poll commissioned by union organizers revealed that “54.7% of adults polled said they have a less favorable opinion of the U.S. retailer as a result of things they have "seen, heard or read about Wal-Mart in the last few months." Just 21.2 percent of people polled had a more favorable opinion.

This does reflect something of a shift. In a poll done almost a year ago, “28% of respondents said they felt more favorable toward Wal-Mart based on what they had seen, read or heard about the company in the past few months, compared with 27% who said they felt less favorable,” according to the Journal.

Sarah Clarke, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, tells the Journal that company’s sales have remained healthy despite the campaign against it. And, she said, a better poll "would be to ask if working families enjoy the $2,300 in savings we provide per year.”

• Wal-Mart said yesterday that it has taken only three days for the “Garth Brooks: The Limited Series” boxed set has become the top selling musical product in the company’s history, selling more than a half million copies on Black Friday alone.

The boxed set is only available at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.
KC's View:
Hard to imagine it outsold the Jimmy Buffett boxed set, “Boats, Beaches, Bars, Ballads.”

No accounting for taste.