WAL-MART FILES SUIT: Wal-Mart filed a suit against Puerto Rico’s Justice Department to prevent it from blocking the retailer’s acquisition of a supermarket chain there. The suit, filed Friday in a federal court in San Juan, accuses the Justice Department of discrimination in pursuing an antitrust action to stop Wal-Mart from buying Amigo supermarkets. As reported Monday, Superior Court Judge Milagros Rivera Guadarrama temporarily blocked the acquisition, responding to a government motion filed Friday claiming Wal-Mart’s purchase of Supermercados Amigo’s 35 supermarkets, which employ 4,500, violated the island’s antitrust laws.

NOTED: Sears, Roebuck & Co., through its finance unit, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue up to $2 billion in medium-term debt in the form of InterNotes. The notes are to be offered to retail investors at varying terms. In the midst of a major restructuring, Sears’ top line has been struggling, most recently with a 10.9 percent comparable-store sales drop in November. The firm also endured a shake-up in its credit unit this fall that ejected top executives and levied an unexpected increase in its domestic provision for uncollectible accounts in the third quarter.

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