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Walmart eyes Amazon in potentially costly e-commerce battle

It may have to spend well beyond its target on big distribution centres and other costs

Analysts believe Walmart can make gains by capitalising on its strengths, such as its strong relationships with packaged goods makers and in groceries.

Bentonville, Arkansas

WALMART Stores Inc said that it would take a different approach to online growth than Inc by using its large network of stores as distribution points.

But if the world's largest bricks-and-mortar