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Posted: February 19, 2014 at 3:09 a.m.

Wal-Mart sets call on fiscal ’14 take Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer and the nation’s singlelargest employer, will announce its fourth-quarter and 2014 fiscal year earnings with a recorded phone call before the markets open Thursday.

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