-WAL-MART WEB WOES: As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. set to unveil holiday promotions, walmart.com went dark for an undetermined period on Thursday. Visitors to the Web site were redirected to a page that said the retailer was performing a scheduled upgrade. A walmart.com spokesman said the retailer ran into "unexpected issues" that caused the outage. He did not provide specifics on the duration of the outage or the cause. The retailer said this week it would unveil several early bird bargains, such as a laptop priced for less than $400, to go on sale today.

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