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One-day sales aim to reignite retail

One-day sales aim to reignite retail

Two battle-tested retail behemoths are squaring off Wednesday with competing one-day sales online as they try to lure shoppers, who have been keeping a tight fist on their pocketbooks. Months before the beginning of the crucial holiday season, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are girding for a sales event that they think could turn into one of the massive events of the year. The event comes a day after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales dropped 0.3% in June from the previous month. The report also revised May retail sales increases downward to 1% from a previous estimate of 1.2%. At the FIGat7th mall in downtown Los Angeles, many shoppers said they were checking...