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      Asda offloads loss-making photo business to Photo-Me

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      August 18, 2016

      Asda continues to suffer as Q2 sales drop 7.5%

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    3. Fast FT

      August 18, 2016

      Walmart boosts earnings outlook, shares pop

      Retail doldrums? What retail doldrums? Walmart beat second-quarter earnings estimates, accelerated ecommerce sales and...

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      August 15, 2016

      Buffett's Berkshire lifts Apple stake

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      August 12, 2016

      Week ahead: Fed minutes, Japan GDP, Walmart

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    6. Fast FT

      August 8, 2016

      Walmart buys Jet.com in $3bn deal

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      July 26, 2016

      UK grocery sales sluggish but Brexit yet to impact

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      July 14, 2016

      China: Strikes and protest numbers jump 20%

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      July 7, 2016

      Citadel Securities taps Microsoft's Turner as CEO

      Citadel Securities, one of the largest market makers in US stocks and options, has lured Kevin Turner, a senior...

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      June 20, 2016

      Walmart to sell China online business to JD.com

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      June 13, 2016

      Asda chief executive Andy Clarke to step down

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      Opening Quote: Amazon; plastic fantastic

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      June 9, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

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      June 6, 2016

      Asda taps incoming COO as next CEO

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      May 19, 2016

      Asda racks up seventh quarter of falling sales

      Life is not getting any easier for Asda, the UK supermarket chain owned by Walmart, as it posted its seventh...

    16. Fast FT

      May 19, 2016

      Walmart surges on sales and earnings beat

      Small is beautiful. A sharp improvement in its key US business, led by its smaller-format Neighborhood Markets stores,...

    17. Fast FT

      May 18, 2016

      US markets on backfoot ahead of Fed minutes

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      May 11, 2016

      US retail stocks hit by Macy's profit warning

      As a bellwether for department stores, Macy’s profit warning and grim assessment of US consumer spending are sending...

    19. Fast FT

      May 10, 2016

      US judge blocks Staples, Office Depot tie-up

      A federal judge ruled on Tuesday in favour of the US government’s request for an injunction to halt the merger between...

    20. Fast FT

      April 27, 2016

      Asda changes policies after 'super-complaint' on promotions

      British supermarket Asda has agreed to change its pricing policies after the consumer group Which? raised red flags...

    21. Fast FT

      March 28, 2016

      US court strikes down Puerto Rico's Walmart tax

      Puerto Rico’s so-called Walmart tax is dead (for now). A contentious Puerto Rico tax that targeted the world’s largest...

    22. Fast FT

      February 18, 2016

      Asda: sales improvement 'won't come overnight'

      Asda is trying to put a brave face on a painful 5.8 per cent slump in same stores sales during the 13 weeks to January...

    23. Fast FT

      February 18, 2016

      Walmart cuts sales forecast as dollar takes toll

      Walmart has cut its sales forecast for this year, pinning the blame on a strong dollar even as its US business shows...

    24. Fast FT

      January 15, 2016

      Walmart scraps 'Express' stores, trims Brazil

      Walmart is to close 269 stores in the US and Latin America, part of the world’s largest retailer by sales strategy to...

    25. Fast FT

      December 22, 2015

      Nike leads the Dow this year, Wal-Mart lags: a table

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average is little changed for 2015. But that obscures a sharp divergence between many...

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      November 9, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - Behind-the-scenes of China’s delay in liberalizing the economy. - Wal-Mart heir Christy Walton...

    27. FT Alphaville

      October 14, 2015

      Wal-Mart, whacked

      Developing quickly, this one. Shares in Wal-Mart were down 8.5 per cent at pixel after the grocer warned of flat sales...

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      August 27, 2015

      FirstFT - Asia bourses follow Wall Street higher, glitch rocks fund world and mobile phone addiction

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      August 6, 2015

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      Obama's Kenya visit: no big deal... and why the ordinary nature of it signals progress

      “Obama’s three day visit will mark a historic moment in Kenya’s 52 year history as it is the first time a sitting US...

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      July 24, 2015

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      July 24, 2015

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      April 28, 2015

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      One way big, powerful companies stay on top is by using their heft to exploit smaller counterparties. Apple and Walmart...

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      April 10, 2015

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      April 2, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Barack Obama ratcheted up the US response to cyber breaches, using an...

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      April 1, 2015

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      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - India’s (oft brutal) Naxalites look more like a phenomenon of the globalised present rather...

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      US companies pay well and do better

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      Electrostations help Mexico's anti-pollution drive

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