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Wal-Mart Ending Membership in Conservative Group

Wal-Mart, the world's No. 1 retailer and the biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a U.S. conservative advocacy group that has been a lightning rod over voting and gun laws.

Wal-Mart Is Losing to These Specialty Stores

One of Wal-Mart's problems is the rise of dollar stores, which the Great Recession has rendered trendy: It's hard to resist merchandise priced at just a buck. For investors, not all rock-bottom retailers are created equal. Here's how to shop for these stocks (and stretch your investing dollars in the process).

Why Walmart's Greatness Is Over

Tuesday morning's big earnings report was from Walmart, and the results have been trumpeted as impressive: Profits were up 5.7%. But a closer look at the numbers, and a careful consideration of recent retail history, suggests that the world's largest retailer is a fading giant.

Wal-Mart Expands Check Cashing Service

Wal-Mart will expand check-cashing services at its Money Centers, bringing the largest public corporation by revenue into a decidedly low-rent business. The big box store will follow its usual strategy, charging less than competitors. With approximately 9 million "unbanked" U.S. households, this could be quite lucrative.

Wal-Mart Finally Embraces Its Gritty Image

Great selection, low prices, and tolerable shopping conditions have long been recognized as Wal-Mart's winning formula. Fortunately, the company itself is starting to see it that way too. It hasn't been easy to attain, but Wal-Mart's self-knowledge should be good news for investors.