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• In its search for trendier fashion designers who can rehabilitate its approach to clothing and its image with consumers, Wal-Mart reportedly is negotiating with a company called Designers Management Agency, which represents some of New York’s hippest designers.

• The AFL-CIO has released a new study suggesting that Wal-Mart has more of its workers enrolled in public healthcare programs than any other company in at least 17 states.

• Wal-Mart reportedly will open its 2,000th supercenter later this month – in Beaumont, California, about an hour east of Los Angeles.
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