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Week of Mon, Nov 7th, 2011

Walmart explores major push into medical care

Walmart is examining ways that it can significantly increase its presence in the nation’s health care system.

Fresh & Easy unveils Express format

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a unit of Tesco PLC, has opened a an ultra-compact variant of its 10,000 square-foot prototype at the corner of La Cienega Blvd. and 18th Street in Los Angeles.

Sears marketing chief exits

David Friedman, president of marketing for Sears Holdings Corp., will leave the company in January to “pursue other opportunities,” according to a Reuters story. Friedman has held the post slightly more than a year.

A&P secures Chap. 11 financing, plans emergence

A&P has agreed to receive $490 million of debt and equity financing from private investors that will enable the beleaguered grocer to emerge from bankruptcy as a privately held company early next year.