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Walmart says its internal bribery review continues

MEXICO CITY — Walmart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it is continuing an internal probe into allegations its Mexican subsidiary paid bribes to get stores built and will cooperate with any investigations by authorities.

The company’s statement came in response to a new report by The New York Times saying 19 store sites across Mexico were the target of Walmart bribes.

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The company said that it opened an internal investigation at the end of 2011 and that it has taken some measures to stop corrupt practices.

Walmart said that because its own investigation continues, it would not comment about specific accusations.

But it said ‘‘it is willing to completely cooperate with authorities in any investigation about the permits and licenses it has been given.’’

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