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Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney join garment factory safety talks

Retail representatives will meet in Frankfurt

Less than a month after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it wouldn’t compensate the 2012 factory fire victims, the company is now ramping up efforts to improve safety for factory workers abroad in light of a second, similar tragedy.

Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney Co. joined a list of other retailers that sent representatives to a meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, to discuss ways to improve factory worker safety in Bangladesh. Late last month, an eight-story factory fire in the country killed more than 400 people and injured many more.


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