from To grow, Wal-Mart must find new worlds to conquer Code: With almost $250 billion in annual sales, Wal-Mart accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. retail sales and 2 percent of the gross domestic product. If you want to know what's going on with the American economy, Wal-Mart is the place to look. The growing trade deficit? Wal-Mart imports $12 billion worth of goods from China, about 10 percent of the U.S. total. Improving productivity? A team of consultants from the McKinsey Global Institute found that Wal-Mart's superior logistics and use of computer technology was a key contributor to the economy's efficiency gains in the past decade. Deflation? What do you think those smiley yellow faces on the falling prices signs are all about? --- Wow... Billion dollars in retail sales every day and a half. --- Sort of expect gas stations, banking, and maybe a larger electronics sections at some point. * - Paragraph breaks and tabs inserted.