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Walmart Customer Shopping Carefully

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Same-store sales for Walmart U.S. finally eked into positive territory during the third quarter after nine consecutive quarters of decline, but the retailer said its core customer remains hard-pressed.
     "While we feel good about the progress in our stores, our customers remain concerned about jobs, and only one in 10 Walmart Moms that we surveyed view the state of the U.S. economy as good.They want to save money. They're juggling credit cards, using coupons, and skipping restaurants and vacations. There is a real sense that the economic strain is taking its toll," said Mike Duke, president and ceo of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
     In pre-recorded remarks about the quarter released earlier this month, Walmart U.S. president and ceo Bill Simon said slow housing

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