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Walmart strategy links small stores to larger ones

NEW YORK — Walmart Stores Inc. plans to open more small stores as it links them to its Supercenters, which will serve as mini-warehouses for their smaller cousins.

The plans, announced at the retailer’s annual analysts’ meeting, come as the world’s largest retailer aims to cut costs and respond to shoppers’ demands for convenience as it faces increasing pressure from expanding competition. That includes online retailers like Amazon.com as well as dollar stores, which have been rapidly adding locations and winning customers with low prices and easy access.

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