NEW YORK — It was a good news-bad news day for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday: It won the numbers game, but was soundly defeated in its attempt to build a smaller-format store in Dallas.

After a day of tense debate in front of a packed hearing room, the 15-member Dallas City Council unanimously rejected the giant retailer’s third proposal for a new concept. The motion was denied with prejudice, meaning Wal-Mart cannot come back with another try at the same site for two years.

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