Wal-Mart near deal to give Lord & Taylor website space: WSJ

File Photo: Shopping carts are seen outside a new Wal-Mart Express store in Chicago July 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress/Files

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc WMT.N is near a deal to give department store chain Lord & Taylor dedicated space on its website, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Retailers including Inc AMZN.O and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd BABA.N offer dedicated space to brands on their website. Such arrangements allow companies to increase traffic to their e-commerce platforms and let retailers boost their online assortment.

Financial terms of such a deal could not be ascertained, the newspaper said. Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Lord & Taylor will continue to operate its own website, but shoppers at will be able to pick up and return items at Wal-Mart’s 4,700 U.S. retail stores, the WSJ reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Chicago and Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza and Jeffrey Benkoe