Whopping Walmart

The Friday File: 55 years ago this week, a retailer opened an 18,000 square-foot discount store in Rogers, Arkansas called Wal-Mart, as the proprietor’s name was Sam Walton. Today, there’re 11,718 stores in 28 nations, and Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue at $486 billion/year. That would make it the 26th largest nation in the world if ranked by GDP; equal in economic size to Belgium or Poland.

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