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Wal-Mart in Partner Talks With Indonesia Retailer, Reuters Says

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in talks to partner with Indonesian retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima, Reuters reported, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the deal.

Wal-Mart is in discussions to develop Matahari’s hypermarkets, Reuters reported. Hypermarkets are large-format outlets that combine features of supermarkets with those of department stores.

Lotte Shopping Co., South Korea’s biggest retailer, has withdrawn from discussions for a deal with Matahari, according to Reuters. Matahari last month said it will seek a “global partner” to develop its Hypermart business.

Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest listed company, won’t comment on rumors or speculation, Anthony Rose, a Hong Kong-based vice president for corporate affairs, said in an e-mailed reply to questions. Officials of both Lotte Shopping and parent Lotte Group were unavailable for comment after office hours in Seoul.

To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Ahlstrand in Jakarta at gahlstrand@bloomberg.net; Frank Longid in Hong Kong at flongid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Greg Ahlstrand in Jakarta at gahlstrand@bloomberg.net; Frank Longid in Hong Kong at flongid@bloomberg.net

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