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WORLD: The Jewel Trade's Fading Luster
by V. Dion Haynes and Rama LakshmiWashington Post
March 28th, 2009
The drop in U.S. demand for high-end jewelry in a slumping economy is having ripple effects around the globe as stores close, workers are laid off in mass in the diamond-polishing factories of Gujarat, and countries like Botswana experience a dramatic drop in diamond revenue.

US: An Inconvenient Bag
by ELLEN GAMERMAN Wall Street Journal
September 26th, 2008
It's manufactured in China, shipped thousands of miles overseas, made with plastic and could take years to decompose. It's also the hot "green" giveaway of the moment: the reusable shopping bag.

UK: Are we falling out of love with Tesco?
by David Smith and Zoe Wood, The ObserverThe Guardian
June 29th, 2008
As the biggest beast in the jungle, Tesco has been accused of monopolisation, exploitation and bullying anyone who dares to stand in its way. It has become a lightning rod for every critic of corporate power, homogenised high streets and the malign influence of multinationals in the developing world.

US: Mannatech Settles Holder Suits
by SUZANNE SATALINEWall Street Journal
June 13th, 2008
Dietary-supplements maker Mannatech Inc. said it settled several lawsuits with shareholders who accused the company of using improper sales tactics to boost the value of the stock.

US: Wal-Mart's Detractors Come In From the Cold
June 5th, 2008
But after waging an aggressive public relations campaign against Wal-Mart for three years, the company's full-time, union-backed critics, who once vowed never to let up, are lowering their pitchforks.

US: Walgreen to Pay $35 Million To Settle Drug-Switch Charges
June 4th, 2008
Walgreen Co. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that it improperly switched customers to more expensive forms of pills paid for by Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.

US: Judge Finds Dell Engaged In Deceptive Practices
by CHAD BRAYThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
A state judge in Albany has found that Dell Inc. and its financing unit engaged in deceptive business practices related to financing promotions for its computers and technical support, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

US: Express Scripts to Pay $9.5 Million To Settle Drug-Swapping Allegations
by ANDREW EDWARDSThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
Pharmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that the company asked doctors to switch drugs primarily to get bigger rebates from pharmaceutical companies.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.

US: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
by STUART ELLIOTTThe New York Times
March 12th, 2008
But a coalition of children’s advocates contends that the hospital went too far by agreeing to name a new emergency department and trauma center after another locally based retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, in exchange for a $10 million donation.

US-CHINA: Staples cuts ties with APP on environment worry
February 8th, 2008
Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, said on Friday it ceased doing business with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) late last month because of environmental concerns.

INDIA: Many rescued child laborers in India soon back at another dismal job
by Heidi J. ShragerChronicle Foreign Service
December 23rd, 2007
A 2006 report by the Child Welfare Committee found that 12 of 22 children from a village in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar were re-trafficked, mostly to different states, within a year after being rescued from a Delhi hand-embroidery sweatshop.

CHINA/US: The Recalls’ Aftershocks
by Louise Story and David BarbozaNew York Times
December 22nd, 2007
Toy makers are investigating whether they need to treat their tainted products with stabilization chemicals or if they must seal the toys in giant polyethylene bags.

US: A World Consumed by Guilt
by Eric WilsonNew York Times
December 13th, 2007
Buying green may not be so easy.

US: Group: Wal-Mart Blind to Illegal Logging
by Marcus
December 12th, 2007
A nonprofit group has found that Wal Mart's wood products use timber from a Russian region rife with illegal logging.

US: Class-Action Bias Suit Against Wal-Mart Reaffirmed
by ReutersNew York Times
December 12th, 2007
Wal-Mart Stores suffered a legal setback on Tuesday in its attempt to head off the biggest sexual discrimination case in United States history when an appeals court allowed the case to remain a class-action lawsuit.

NIGERIA: Nigeria suspends Siemens dealings
BBC News
December 11th, 2007
Nigeria has cancelled a contract with Siemens and suspended dealings with the German telecoms firm pending an investigation into bribery allegations.

US: Wal-Mart Takes Image Hit From Shank Case
by Kimberly MorrisonThe Morning News
December 7th, 2007
Wal-Mart won a lawsuit against a former employee, injured in an accident that left her brain damaged, divorced and penniless, for reimbursement from her medical care.

US: Gap Campaigns Against Child Labor
by Amelia GentlemanNew York Times
November 15th, 2007
Gap has begun an effort to rebuild its reputation after a child-labor scandal in India.

US: Mom: Chemical-Laced Toy Made Son 'Drunk'
by Dikky SinnWashington Post
November 7th, 2007
Chemical on toy beads makes children sick.

US: Gap plans 'sweatshop free' labels
by Dan McDougallGuardian
November 4th, 2007
In what would be the biggest commitment to ending child labour ever undertaken by a major retailer, Gap Inc is drawing up plans to label its products 'Sweatshop Free'.

GERMANY: FSC's 'Green' Label for Wood Products Gets Growing Pains
by Tom Wright and Jim CarltonWall Street Journal
October 30th, 2007
The Forest Stewardship Council -- a widely recognized third-party labeling system to identify "green" wood and paper products -- has acknowledged that some companies using its label are destroying pristine forests and says it plans to overhaul its rules.

US: Indian 'slave' children found making low-cost clothes destined for Gap
by Dan McDougallGuardian
October 28th, 2007
Child workers, some as young as 10, have been found working in a textile factory in conditions close to slavery to produce clothes that appear destined for Gap Kids.

INDIA: A Backlash for Big Retail in India
by Madhur SinghNew Delhi Times
October 17th, 2007
Supermarkets open across the country and international big box stores partner with smaller local stores to gain a toehold in the market.

US: Wal-Mart Workers Win $62 Million
by Marieclaire DaleAP
October 4th, 2007
Wal-Mart workers in Pennsylvania who previously won a $78.5 million class-action award for working off the clock will share an additional $62.3 million in damages, a judge ruled Wednesday.

US:Nike Adds Indian Artifacts to Its Swoosh
by Andrew A. GreenNY Times
October 3rd, 2007
To the amusement of some and the disapproval of other, Nike introduces a shoe designed specifically for American Indians, complete with arrowheads and feathers.

UK: Three 'face jail' over Ikea deals
BBC News Online
September 7th, 2007
A supplier and two employees of the furniture giant Ikea have admitted to using bribes in purchasing deals.

US: Lead found in more baby bibs? Bibs sold in Toys R Us, Babies R Us questioned
by Anna Marie KukecDaily Herald
August 16th, 2007
A California consumer group said Wednesday it has filed a legal action against Toys R Us and Babies R Us for selling vinyl baby bibs said to contain high levels of lead.

INDIA: Indian Activists' Rising Clout
by Jackie RangeWall Street Journal
August 16th, 2007
India's Supreme Court is poised to decide whether a British company has the right to mine in a sacred tribal forest, a case that underlines the complexity of undertaking large-scale industrial projects here. The case's hearing by the court reflects the growing clout of activist groups in India.

INDIA: Indians Protest Wal-Mart’s Wholesale Entry
by Amelia GentlemanThe New York Times
August 9th, 2007
Wal-Mart, in a struggle to expand its global reach, is trying to enter India through the back door, but many consumers here have taken notice.

WORLD: We must count the true cost of cheap China
by Richard McGregorFinancial Times
August 2nd, 2007
In the wake of the multiple scandals over tainted Chinese food and drug exports in recent months, Chinese goods now have an indelible image of being not just cheap, but life-threatening as well. But the fact that wrongly labelled foods, liquor and pharmaceuticals have routinely sickened and even killed people en masse in China has been largely overlooked.

US: Mattel Recalls One Million Toys
by Louise Story New York Times
August 2nd, 2007
Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, is recalling nearly one million toys in the United States today because the products’ surfaces are covered in lead paint. According to Mattel, all the toys were made by a contract manufacturer in China.

MEXICO: Thousands of Unpaid Teens Bag Groceries for Wal-Mart
by Joseph ContrerasNewsweek
August 1st, 2007
Wal-Mart prides itself on cutting costs at home and abroad, and its Mexican operations are no exception. Wal-Mart is Mexico's largest private-sector employer in the nation today, with nearly 150,000 local residents on its payroll. An additional 19,000 youngsters between the ages of 14 and 16 work after school in hundreds of Wal-Mart stores, mostly as grocery baggers, throughout Mexico-and none of them receives a red cent in wages or fringe benefits.

US: States Target Big-Box Stores; Maine Is First to Require That Wal-Mart, Rivals Undergo Impact Studies
by Kris HudsonThe Wall Street Journal
June 29th, 2007
Maine Gov. John Baldacci last week signed into law a measure requiring developers of retail stores exceeding 75,000 square feet to conduct studies gauging the project's impact on municipal services, the environment and local businesses. Similar measures have been passed in other states.

US: At Home Depot, How Green Is That Chainsaw?
by Cliffard KrausNew York Times
June 25th, 2007
As companies rush to carry "environmentally friendly" products, Home Depot encourages suppliers to pitch to have their products included in its new Eco Options marketing campaign. Critics argue that the green label is overused and overmarketed.

US: Fired worker wins Wal-Mart case
BBC News
June 20th, 2007
A female pharmacist dismissed by Wal-Mart has been awarded nearly $2m (£1m) in damages after a jury concluded she was the victim of discrimination.

US: Gag order for former Wal-Mart employee
CNN Money
April 9th, 2007
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) won a gag order to stop a fired security operative from talking to reporters and a judge ordered him to provide Wal-Mart attorneys with 'the names of all persons to whom he has transmitted, since January 15, 2007, any Wal-Mart information.'?

US: Laid-off Circuit City workers allege age bias in suit
by Molly Selvin and Abigail GoldmanThe Los Angeles Times
April 6th, 2007
A lawsuit by three older Circuit City Stores Inc. employees, alleging that the retailer violated California age discrimination laws by laying them off because they were earning too much, is part of a surge in age bias complaints from disgruntled baby boomers.

US: Fired Wal-Mart worker claims surveillance ops: report
Reuters UK
April 4th, 2007
The Wal-Mart Stores Inc. worker fired last month for intercepting a reporter's phone calls says he was part of a larger, sophisticated surveillance operation that included snooping not only on employees, but also on critics, stockholders and the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., The Wall Street Journal reported.

US: Wal-Mart Agrees to Pay $33 Million in Back Wages (Update3)
by Lauren Coleman-LochnerBloomberg
January 25th, 2007
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest U.S. private employer, will pay $33 million in back wages plus interest under an agreement with the U.S. Labor Department

US: US farming watchdog accuses Wal-Mart of mis-selling
by Stephen Foley in New YorkIndependent (UK)
January 21st, 2007
Wal-Mart, the controversial retailing giant, is under investigation in the US over allegations it is trying to pass off non-organic foods as organic.

US: Wal-Mart Charged with Selling Nonorganic Food as Organic
by Mark A. KastelThe Free Press
November 14th, 2006
The Cornucopia Institute, the nation's most aggressive organic farming watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA asking them to investigate allegations of illegal “organic” food distribution by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Cornucopia has documented cases of nonorganic food products being sold as organic in Wal-Mart’s grocery departments.

US: Wal-Mart must pay workers $78m
October 13th, 2006
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has been ordered to pay at least $78m in compensation to workers who were forced to work during breaks.

US: Wal-Mart to Add More Part-Timers and Wage Caps
by Steven Greenhouse and Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
October 2nd, 2006
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends.

US: Wal-Mart to Shrink Options For New Hires' Health Care
by Ylan Q. Mui and Amy JoyceThe Washington Post
September 27th, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is scaling back the health-care plans available to new employees, sparking fresh criticism over whether the giant retailer is providing adequate coverage to its workers.

US: Chicago's Council Fails to Override Daley's Veto (Update3)
by Lauren Coleman-Lochner and Kevin OrlandBloomberg
September 13th, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other large retailers claimed victory in Chicago after the City Council failed to override Mayor Richard Daley's veto of an ordinance requiring them to increase their minimum wage.

US: Wal-Mart bank battle escalates
Bloomberg News
August 29th, 2006
A battle over Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s effort to get into financial services might derail the growth of company-owned banks, as well as Utah's ambitions to become to such lenders what Delaware is to corporations.

US: Suit Against Wal-Mart Is Narrowed
Bloomberg News
August 29th, 2006
A federal judge Monday dismissed civil racketeering claims against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., narrowing the scope of a lawsuit that accused the retailer of knowingly employing illegal immigrants to clean its stores.

US: Proposal to Build a Wal-Mart in Southern S.I. Is Scrapped
by Steven GreenhouseThe New York Times
August 25th, 2006
Wal-Mart’s plans to open its first New York City store at the southern tip of Staten Island have fallen through, company officials confirmed yesterday.

CHINA: Wal-Mart Agrees to Unionization
by David BarbozaThe New York Times
August 9th, 2006
After years of fighting unionization efforts at its stores, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said today that it would work closely with Chinese officials to establish labor unions at all of its outlets here.

GERMANY: Wal-Mart Finds That Its Formula Doesn't Work in All Cultures
by Mark Landler and Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
August 1st, 2006
Some of Wal-Mart’s problems stem from hubris, a uniquely powerful American enterprise trying to impose its values around the world. At Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., however, the message from these missteps is now registering loud and clear.

US: Corn Plastic to the Rescue
by Elizabeth RoyteSmithsonian Magazine
August 1st, 2006
Wal-Mart and others are going green with "biodegradable" packaging made from corn. But is this really the answer to America's throwaway culture?

GERMANY: Wal-Mart Decides to Pull Out of Germany
by Mark LandlerThe New York Times
July 28th, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores, admitting defeat in Germany’s giant, cutthroat retail market, said today that it would sell its 85 stores here to a German retailer, the Metro Group, and incur a loss of $1 billion.

US: Chicago Orders ‘Big Box’ Stores to Raise Wage
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
July 26th, 2006
After months of fevered lobbying and bitter debate, the Chicago City Council passed a ground-breaking ordinance yesterday requiring “big box” stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits.

US: Bankers urge Congress to stop Wal-Mart bank
Bloomberg News
July 25th, 2006
Banking industry representatives on Monday pressed federal lawmakers to block a bid by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to open a bank, a move they say would damage the industry and blur the divide between banking and commerce.

US: Judge Gives Wal-Mart Reprieve on Benefits
by Reed Abelson and Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
July 20th, 2006
In a setback to state efforts to force employers to provide more generous health benefits, a federal judge yesterday struck down a Maryland law that was aimed at the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores.

US: Wal-Mart Warms to a Green Outlook
by Claire HoffmanThe Los Angeles Times
July 13th, 2006
Bentonville, Ark., seemed like an Emerald City of sorts Wednesday as hometown giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. put on display its latest efforts to go green.

US: Wal-Mart's New Jersey ATM sparks cries of foul from wary banks
by Lauren Coleman-LochnerBloomberg News
July 12th, 2006
In Kearny, New Jersey, a 20-minute drive from Manhattan, a Wal-Mart-branded automated teller machine is reigniting fears among small banks that the world's largest retailer wants to drive them out of business.

UK: Wal-Mart Faces Asda Workers' Strike
by Jonathan Birchall and Andrew TaylorThe Financial Times
June 22nd, 2006
Wal-Mart is facing the threat of a potentially damaging strike at Asda, the UK subsidiary that accounts for about 40 per cent of its international sales, in a dispute with one of the country's largest unions over bargaining rights.

US: Wal-Mart Could Hike Pay and Keep Prices Low: Study
by Emily KaiserReuters
June 15th, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT.N) could significantly increase employee wages and benefits without raising prices, and still earn a healthy -- albeit smaller -- profit, research released on Thursday concluded.

US: KFC Gets Burned for Using Unhealthy Fat
June 13th, 2006
A consumer group is suing the operator of the KFC to try to stop it from frying foods in an artery-clogging trans fat.

US: Wal-Mart Likes Chicago, But Not City's Wage Plan
by Gary WashburnChicago Tribune
June 13th, 2006
A Wal-Mart official said Monday that his firm could be interested in building "10 or 20" stores on city sites during the next five years, but he added that passage of a minimum wage measure by Chicago's City Council could have a chilling effect on the company's plans.

US: Fendi sues Wal-Mart over fake handbags
June 11th, 2006
Italian fashion group Fendi S.R.L. sued Wal-Mart Stores in U.S. federal court on Friday, accusing the world's largest retailer of selling counterfeit handbags and passing them off as genuine at its Sam's Club warehouse stores.

US: Three Restaurant Executives Will Admit Fraud Charges
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
June 8th, 2006
Three former top officers of Buca Inc., an operator of Italian restaurants, have agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges in connection with a scheme to create false profits for Buca and allow executives to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for a wide range of expenses including the use of an Italian villa and visits to strip clubs.

US: Biggest pension fund boycotts Wal-Mart
by Terry MacalisterThe Guardian
June 7th, 2006
Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer and owner of the Asda supermarket chain, is being boycotted by the world's largest pension fund for alleged "serious and systematic" abuses of human and employment rights.

US: With Links to Board, Home Depot Chief Saw His Pay Soar
by Julie CreswellThe New York Times
May 24th, 2006

US: Ad Calls for Wal-Mart to Change Principles
Associated Press
May 23rd, 2006
One of Wal-Mart's most vocal union-funded critics took out a full-page ad in The New York Times on Tuesday calling on the company to live up to the ''moral responsibilities'' of being the world's largest private employer by improving wages and health insurance.

US: Wal-Mart Tries to Enlist Image Help
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
May 12th, 2006

US: Unwitting Shoppers Recruited for Wal-Mart PR Fight
by Marilyn GeewaxCox News Service
April 4th, 2006
Last December, Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., created its own grassroots group, Working Families for Wal-Mart. It hired Edelman, a global public relations firm, to organize the group out of its Washington office and launch a nationwide campaign.

US: Wal-Mart to Open Stores in Struggling Urban Neighborhoods
The Associated Press
April 4th, 2006
Wal-Mart said it will build the stores in neighborhoods with high crime or unemployment rates, on sites that are environmentally contaminated, or in vacant buildings or malls in need of revitalization.

US: Exxon Dethrones Wal-Mart on Fortune 500 List
by J.W. ElphinstoneAssociated Press
April 3rd, 2006
Skyrocketing energy prices propelled ExxonMobil (XOM) to the top of the 2006 Fortune 500 list, and consigned Wal-Mart (WMT) to the No. 2 spot on the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's largest publicly traded companies.

US: Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
March 30th, 2006
Wanted: two people to help defend the nation's largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis.

US: A Show of Hands on Wal-Mart
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
March 24th, 2006
Like almost anything involving Wal-Mart these days, the dispute has less to do with specific legal or regulatory questions than it does with the deep rift the company has opened across the American landscape.

US: Wal-Mart critics put workers in spotlight over health care
by Marcus KabelAssociated Press
February 28th, 2006
One of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s most vociferous critics launched a campaign Tuesday with 17 current and former Wal-Mart workers speaking out against health insurance coverage they claim is too expensive, leaving them uninsured or on taxpayer funded programs.

US: Wal-Mart to Loosen Health Insurance Limits
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
February 23rd, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state legislation that would require it to increase spending on employee health insurance, will lift several of its long-standing — and most-criticized — restrictions on eligibility over the next year, the giant retailer said this morning.

US: Sales Brisk for "Wal-Mart" Docu As Accusations Fly
February 15th, 2006
Berlin's European Film Market became the backdrop for yet another verbal battle between Wal-Mart and its filmmaker nemesis Robert Greenwald on Tuesday. The Greenwald-directed film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" made for hot sales but heated words at the market.

US: Wal-Mart's Musical Moves
by Abigail Goldman and Charles DuhiggLos Angeles Times
January 26th, 2006
This latest example of Wal-Mart's "direct procurement" approach continues the company's practice of upending the traditional relationship between the makers of goods and those who sell them. The deal has some in the recording industry alarmed at the thought of Wal-Mart's establishing direct partnerships with musicians and cutting out the labels. And it may just be the start.

US: The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart
by Charles FishmanFast Company
January 20th, 2006

US: Suit Alleging Wal-Mart Pressured Workers Into Working Through Breaks Granted Class-Action Status
Bloomberg News
January 13th, 2006
A Pennsylvania judge granted class-action status yesterday to a lawsuit contending that Wal-Mart employees had been pressed to work through breaks and after hours.

US: Maryland Sets a Health Cost for Wal-Mart
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
January 13th, 2006
The Maryland legislature passed a law Thursday that would require Wal-Mart Stores to increase spending on employee health insurance, a measure that is expected to be a model for other states.

US: For One Clerk, Fight for Wal-Mart Bill Is Personal
by Mary OttoWashington Post
January 12th, 2006
The debate over the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act, commonly known as the Wal-Mart bill, has dominated politics in the run-up to the General Assembly, with the retailer arguing that Democrats have unfairly singled out one company and union leaders arguing that workers deserve better treatment.

US: SEC Opens Informal Probe Into Home Depot
January 12th, 2006
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an informal investigation into charges that Home Depot Inc. inflated profits through supplier payments meant to cover the cost of damaged merchandise

ANALYSIS: Was Wal-Mart's Anti-Union Image Used as a Shield?
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
January 9th, 2006
The "union project" was a secret scheme, approved by senior Wal-Mart executives, to pay union members for information about which stores they planned to organize.

US: Ex-Wal-Mart Executive Expected to Plead Guilty to Fraud
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
January 7th, 2006
The former vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Thomas M. Coughlin, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges that he defrauded the company of at least $350,000, people close to the negotiations said yesterday.

US: Wal-Mart Web Site Makes Racial Connections
by Ylan Q. MuiWashington Post
January 6th, 2006
Wal-Mart apologized yesterday after its retail Web site directed potential buyers of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Planet of the Apes" DVDs to also consider purchasing DVDs with African American themes.

US: Wal-Mart in Their Sights, States Press for Health Benefits
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006

US: Wal-Mart Bank faces tough opposition
by Shaheen PashaCNN
January 4th, 2006
It's a new year and the fate of Wal-Mart Bank still hangs in the balance.

UK: Corner shops face closure 'within a decade', MPs warn
by Saeed ShahIndependent UK
January 2nd, 2006
An influential group of MPs will warn in a forthcoming report that independent retailers and wholesalers will disappear within a decade, piling pressure on government and competition authorities to curb the power of the big four supermarkets.

US: Jury Awards $207 Million To Wal-Mart Workers
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2005
A California jury on Thursday awarded $207 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who claimed they were illegally denied lunch breaks.

US: Wal-Mart Under Investigation for Hazardous Waste
Associated Press
December 20th, 2005

US: Best Buy Sued for Bias
by Jason JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
December 10th, 2005
Six current and former employees of Best Buy filed a race- and sex-discrimination lawsuit Thursday against the consumer electronics chain in federal court in San Francisco, accusing it of denying better-paying sales and managerial jobs to African Americans, Latinos and women in favor of white men.

US: Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest
by Ben BainThe Financial Times
November 17th, 2005
Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest US gold retailers fear proposed reform of an 1872 law could prompt an environmentalist backlash against them.

MEXICO: Wal-Mart's Plans for Indigenous Areas Under Fire
by Diego Cevallos
August 25th, 2005
Wal-Mart, which last year opened a store near the ancient Teotihuacan pyramids of Mexico despite loud protests from local activists and small businesses, is now seeking a repeat of its earlier victory, this time in two heavily indigenous areas: in Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán and Juchitán, in the southern state of Oaxaca. But local opponents are set for a pitched battle.

US: Wal-Mart to be More Like Target
by Emily KaiserReuters
June 23rd, 2005
Wal-Mart, the No. 1 retailer, is widening its array of stylish-but-cheap goods in hopes of winning over middle-income customers, putting it head-to-head with a rival that has proved it can compete and thrive against a company six times its size.

US: Wal-Mart Is Focal Point Of Democrats' Health Bill
by By Amy JoyceWashington Post
June 23rd, 2005
Several congressional Democrats introduced a bill that would force states to report the names of companies that have 50 or more employees who receive government-funded health care, an effort to pressure Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in particular to improve employee health coverage.

US: Health Care for People Too Busy for Doctor Visits
by Barbara PintoABC News
June 22nd, 2005
Speed and convenience aren't the only reasons these clinics are popping up at Target stores, CVS pharmacies and supermarkets. It's also good for business.

US: Logging On With Wake Up Wal-Mart
by Amy JoyceWashington Post
May 31st, 2005
Not much has changed since these staffers were with the Howard Dean, Wesley K. Clark and John F. Kerry presidential campaigns. But this time, they are trying to win one for the Wal-Mart workers.

US: Mall Hopes You'll Try Products in Person but Buy Them Online
by Rachel ThornerNew York Times
May 23rd, 2005
A new shopping complex in Ohio will try to combine the convenience of online stores with the hands-on experience of browsing at a mall.

US: Teflon Target
by Chris SerresStar Tribune
May 22nd, 2005
For years, Target has cultivated an image of itself as the "anti-Wal-Mart," a retailer that refuses to sacrifice workplace standards in the pursuit of higher sales and stock prices. But now, after a decade of meteoric growth at both Target and Wal-Mart, labor groups say the two retailers are no longer very different in the way they treat their workers.

US: Clean-Energy Mega-Mall
by Amanda Griscom LittleGrist
May 20th, 2005
The developer of a new mall planned for Upstate New York vows that it will be the closest thing to an "Apollo Project" for renewable energy that America has ever seen -- one that grows the economy, strengthens national security by encouraging energy independence, and protects the environment.

UK: Internet Helps Link Fed Up Consumers
by Rob GriffinThe Independent
May 7th, 2005
Fed up with a product, service or company? Then share it with millions online

US: At Wal-Mart, Choosing Sides Over $9.68 an Hour
By Steven Greenhouse
New York Times
May 4th, 2005

CANADA: Closure of First Unionized Wal-Mart Sends Signal
by Paul WeinbergIPS
May 1st, 2005
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, may be violating international and Canadian laws by using covert strategies to undermine a unionising drive at its Canadian stores, say labour experts and union activists.

US: Wal-Mart to Fund Wildlife Habitat
by John HeilprinAssociated Press
April 13th, 2005
Acre for acre, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would buy an amount of land equal to all the land its stores, parking lots and distribution centers use over the next 10 years. That would conserve at least 138,000 acres in the United States as "priority" wildlife habitat.

US: Union Zeroes in on Target
by Chris SerresStar Tribune
March 29th, 2005
An international labor union that has launched organizing drives at Wal-Mart is now taking aim at Target Corp.

MEXICO: Teoti-Wal-Mart
by John RossThe Progressive
March 14th, 2005
Wal-Mart puts down roots in the shadow of the Pyramid of the Sun in San Juan Teotihuacan. Is the global leviathan any match for Quetzalcoatl?

US: Wal-Mart Starts Image Boosting Ads
January 13th, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, launched a national advertising campaign on Thursday to burnish an image tarnished by allegations that it discriminates in hiring and promotions and drives smaller rivals out of business.

GUATELMALA: Supermarket Giants Crush Farmers
by Celia W. DuggerNew York Times
December 28th, 2004
Across Latin America, supermarket chains partly or wholly owned by global corporate goliaths like Ahold, Wal-Mart and Carrefour have revolutionized food distribution in the short span of a decade and have now begun to transform food growing, too.

CHINA: Wal-Mart Allows Unions
BBC News
November 24th, 2004
Wal-Mart has said it will allow its Chinese workers to join a trade union, marking a u-turn on previous policy.

US: States Are Battling Against Wal-Mart Over Health Care
by Reed AbelsonNew York Times
November 1st, 2004
In the national debate over what to do about the growing number of working people with little or no health insurance, no other company may be taking more heat than the country's largest employer, Wal-Mart Stores.

Wal-Mart to be More Like Target
by Emily KaiserReuters
June 23rd, 2004
Wal-Mart, the No. 1 retailer, is widening its array of stylish-but-cheap goods in hopes of winning over middle-income customers, putting it head-to-head with a rival that has proved it can compete and thrive against a company six times its size.

US: Wal-Mart Faces Huge Sex Discrimination Suit
by Bob Egelko and Jenny StrasburgSan Francisco Chronicle
June 23rd, 2004

US: Remaking America in Wal-Mart's Image
The Black Commentator
February 19th, 2004
The only competition that exists among the corporate players at the commanding heights of the American economy is the race to determine who can squeeze the workers first and hardest. The Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons chains and their subsidiaries claim underdog status, as they grind $10 an hour workers into the dirt. The real problem the traditional grocery chains face is weak demand and an inability to raise prices in a deflationary environment not Wal-Mart pricing pressure. They eagerly follow Wal-Mart's model that there is no limit to how far they are willing to reduce labor costs. If there is a bottom, Wal-Mart will find it first, and the pack will eagerly follow.

CHINA: Wal-Mart Turns Blind Eye To Factory Conditions
by Grant McCoolReuters
February 9th, 2004
Labor rights groups on Monday accused the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of turning a blind eye to abusive conditions at a factory in China that makes plastic toys for the company.

US: In-House Audit Says Wal-Mart Violated Labor Laws
by Steven GreenhouseNew York Times
January 13th, 2004
An internal audit now under court seal warned top executives at Wal-Mart Stores three years ago that employee records at 128 stores pointed to extensive violations of child-labor laws and state regulations requiring time for breaks and meals.

MEXICO: Wal-Mart Invades
by Tim WeinerNew York Times
December 6th, 2003
The company that ate America is now swallowing Mexico. Wal-Mart, the biggest corporation in the United States, is already the biggest private employer in Mexico, with 100,164 workers on its payroll here as of last week. Last year, when it gained its No. 1 status in employment, it created about 8,000 new positions -- nearly half the permanent new jobs in this struggling country.

US: The Great Wal-Mart Wars
by Ruth RosenSan Francisco Chronicle
June 30th, 2003
Wal-Mart has announced its intention to open 40 new supercenter stores each the size of four football fields in such fast-growing California suburban areas as Contra Costa County.

US: Up Against Wal-Mart
by Karen OlssonMother Jones Magazine
April 28th, 2003
At the world's largest and most profitable retailer, low wages, unpaid overtime, and union busting are a way of life. Now Wal-Mart workers are fighting back.

EU: Boycott of American Goods Over Iraq War Gains Momentum
by Erik KirschbaumReuters
March 25th, 2003
BERLIN - No more Coca-Cola or Budweiser, no Marlboro, no American whiskey or even American Express cards -- a growing number of restaurants in Germany are taking everything American off their menus to protest the war in Iraq.

USA: Group Blasts Dental Academy's Deal with Coca-Cola
by Amy NortonReuters
March 4th, 2003
A US interest group on Tuesday sharply criticized the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's new partnership with soft-drink giant Coca-Cola, saying the deal will make the dental group a "captive" of Coke.

US: Sweatshop Case Settles for $20M
by Alexei OreskovicThe Recorder
September 27th, 2002
Three overseas sweatshop lawsuits involving dozens of the United States' largest retailers and a 30,000-member class of garment workers have settled for $20 million.

US: Store Customer Cards a Source for FBI?
by Kelley Beaucar
August 1st, 2002
WASHINGTON -- So you have a secret craving for Little Debbie peanut butter bars and a penchant for Kendall-Jackson merlot? While that customer loyalty card at the supermarket might perceivably save you a few pennies at the checkout counter, your buying habits could end up in the hands of government agents.

EGYPT: Protest Groups Boycott U.S. Products
by Khaled HanafiIslam Online
July 22nd, 2002
Environment and anti-globalization organizations worldwide called on all citizens suffering from 'U.S. injustice' to give up drinking American soft drinks, especially Coca-Cola, for the day of Monday, July 22, 2002.

US: Gap Admits Strategic Errors After $34m Loss
by Mariko Sanchanta and Lina SaigolFinancial Times
February 27th, 2002
Millard ''Mickey'' Drexler, Gap's chief executive, on Tuesday admitted that the company had ''misread fashion tea leaves'' and violated its own principle of ''keeping things simple'' in making a series of fashion mistakes that led to its reporting a $34m loss.

USA: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
May 24th, 2001
The largest retailer in the world has 3,000 stores in the U.S. as well as chains in Britain, Germany, China, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. It opens a megastore every two days. It is the U.S.'s largest private employer, with 925,000 people on the payroll, and the second largest employer in general after the Federal government. The company also boasts the largest computer, surpassing the Pentagon's, and the world's largest fleet of trucks. Wal-Mart might as well appear in the dictionary under the word huge. I know the above statistics because I just watched ''Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town,'' a documentary film by Micha Peled that will air on PBS in early June. ''Store Wars'' is not exactly a critique of Wal-Mart's business practices, but it is hard to come away with a favorable view of the company.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green
by Katharine
December 7th, 2000
The truth is, even policymakers, social scientists, environmentalists and engineers don't really know for sure. Researchers are only now beginning to study what e-commerce means for the Earth.

FRANCE: Yahoo! Ordered To Block Users
by Pierre-Antoine SouchardAssociated Press
November 20th, 2000
In a landmark ruling, a French court on Monday ordered Yahoo! to block French Web users from its auction sites selling Nazi memorabilia.

NICARAGUA: US Retailers Contract with Sweatshops
by Carrie AntlfingerAssociated Press
August 22nd, 2000
Gonzalez was one of two workers invited Monday to recount conditions at two Nicaraguan factories that human rights, religious and labor groups claim supply Kohl's Department Stores with cheap garments.

by Michael BarbaroThe New
Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state legislation that would require it to increase spending on employee health insurance, will lift several of its long-standing — and most-criticized — restrictions on eligibility over the next year, the giant retailer said this morning.