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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Sam’s Club, in keeping with the environmental activism of its Wal-Mart parent company, is offering as one of its high-end holiday gifts a 2007 lithium-powered hybrid Smart Car for $35,000.

"We have added the sustainability piece as one of our priorities," Scott Williams, a Sam's Club vice president of e-commerce, tells the Journal. "It's not our only criteria, but we felt like Sam's Club has been able to show some leadership in this area. So that's why the electric car came in."

The retailer also is offering trips to the Beijing 2008 Olympics and NASCAR dream packages in its holiday catalog of gifts.
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