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The Evening Standard reports that Wal-Mart's Asda Group, happy over the success of its first two stand-alone George clothing stores - which sell only the branded cheap-chic clothing lines that it popularized in its mainstream superstores - now plans to open two more clothing-only units.

And, there are reports that Asda could take space in as many as 21 "Big W" stores operated by Woolworths, which is actively soliciting tenants in a large number of stores.

The paper reports that "Wal-Mart declined to comment directly on its British expansion plans but Andy Bond, managing director of Asda and head of George, said earlier this month that the company was 'looking forward to bringing our flair for fashion and affordable prices to even more customers'.

"Wal-Mart is flush with funds and, having recently lost the battle for Safeway, is eager to extend its UK presence."
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