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Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco

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Margaret Hancock has long considered the local Wal-Mart Stores Inc. superstore her one-stop shopping destination. No longer.

During recent visits, the retired accountant from Newark, Delaware, says she failed to find more than a dozen basic items, including certain types of face cream, cold medicine, bandages, mouthwash, hangers, lamps and fabrics.