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Walmart to close record number of stores in US and overseas

Retailer will shutter 154 locations in America as well as 115 overseas; about 16,000 employees are likely to be affected

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Web merchants are gobbling up a growing share of shopping dollars, their vast online catalogues rendering Walmart's sprawling superstores increasingly less relevant.

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WALMART, whose supercentres once transformed the way Americans shop, announced on Friday that it would close a record number of stores in the United States and overseas, as it fights to hold its ground in a retail landscape under siege by the behemoth Amazon.

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