Wal-Mart to Scale Back Openings

Wal-Mart will scale back the number of planned U.S. superstore openings next year by more than 25 percent, a move that will drop its capital expenditures by $1.5 billion in the current fiscal year, the company announced Friday at its annual shareholders meeting.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will open between 190 and 200 new supercenters in the U.S. during its current 2008 fiscal year, with an average of 170 supercenters each year for the coming three years.

Last year, the retailer said it planned to open between 265 and 270 supercenters in 2008. Approximately 80 of the supercenters originally scheduled to open next year will now open in 2009.

"While we feel comfortable with these estimates, we will continue to review and evaluate our expansion strategy on an annual basis," Wal-Mart Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer John Menzer said.

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