Wal-Mart = Bush. Costco = Kerry. Costco's winning.

Commentary about business and finance.
Aug. 10 2004 5:40 PM

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Wal-Mart = Bush. Costco = Kerry. Costco's Winning.

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In recent years, it has been tempting to conflate Wal-Mart's results and prospects with those of the U.S. economy as whole. But in this bifurcated economy and polarized campaign season, the results emanating from Bentonville may tell us more about the incumbent's prospects. At this point, neither looks particularly good.

Daniel Gross is a longtime Slate contributor. His most recent book is Better, Stronger, Faster . Follow him on Twitter.