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A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in this September 21, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in this September 21, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in this September 21, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files
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Store assistants help shoppers with digital cameras as other shoppers with LCD television sets in carts wait to pay for their purchases on "Black Friday", one of the most important days for retailers at the K-Mart store in Burbank, California November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Store assistants help shoppers with digital cameras as other shoppers with LCD television sets in carts wait to pay for their purchases on "Black Friday", one of the most important days for retailers at the K-Mart store in Burbank, California...more

Store assistants help shoppers with digital cameras as other shoppers with LCD television sets in carts wait to pay for their purchases on "Black Friday", one of the most important days for retailers at the K-Mart store in Burbank, California November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
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