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ASSOCIATED PRESS Makro, a big-box chain owned by South Africa's Massmart wholesale and retail business, soon may be part of the Wal-Mart family. South African regulators have approved Wal-Mart's bid to buy a controlling share of Massmart, which operates in more than a dozen African countries. providing access to more of the continent. The deal is expected to be finalized soon.

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Wal-Mart has found a new site for a store in Orange County, Va., appeasing preservationists who deemed the corporation's original site too close to the land where the Battle of the Wilderness was fought in 1864. (Associated Press)

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"By honoring its public commitment to choose an alternate site in Orange County, Wal-Mart has demonstrated that preservation groups and retailers can work together to find universally beneficial resolutions." - James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust (Associated Press)

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Customers are starting to find increased prices even at Wal-Mart, which has branded itself as a discount retailer. (Associated Press)

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RETAIL POLITICS: Eva Yung, of Alexandria, joins other protesters at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices heard arguments as to whether a group of female plaintiffs can bring a class-action discrimination suit against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, to attend a hearing in a class-action suit by female employees of Wal-Mart. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Christine Kwapnoski of Bay Point, Calif., an assistant manager at Sam's Club in Concord, Calif., is one of the named plaintiffs in a class-action sex discrimination suit against Wal-Mart over pay and promotions. If the Supreme Court approves, it would be the largest class action in U.S. history, affecting some 1.5 million people. (AP Photo)

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Yvette M. Alexander (The Washington Times)

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The grave marker where the arm of Gen. Stonewall Jackson reportedly is buried is near the site where Wal-Mart proposed to build a Supercenter. (Associated Press)

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Wal-Mart President and CEO Bill Simon listens to a reporters question during Wal-Mart's announcement of a comprehensive effort to provide healthier and more affordable food choices to their customers, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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In this Feb. 17, 2009, file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reporting a 9.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, as the world's largest retailer benefits from cost controls and a robust international business. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

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** FILE ** In this March 14, 2006, file photo, the Wal-Mart store in Princeton, N.J., is seen. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, plans to end automatic profit-sharing contributions for its employees in a revamp of its benefits package that it says will give workers more chance to share in its financial success. (AP Photo/Jose F. Moreno, File)