The 'Thunder Rolls' Into Wal-Mart With Garth Brooks Multi-Year Venture; Wal-Mart Customers Will Enjoy Exclusives in Upcoming Years!

Aug 19, 2005, 01:00 ET from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
 (NYSE:   WMT) today announced an exclusive multi-year agreement with
 singer/songwriter Garth Brooks that will include all Wal-Mart stores, SAM'S
 CLUB locations and .  Brooks, who introduced country
 music to new audiences and achieved multi-platinum status in doing so, retired
 from public performing in 2001 and remains retired.  Garth Brooks is the all-
 time biggest-selling solo artist and has taken 25 singles to the number one
 position on the country charts.
     "We understand the Wal-Mart customer and know that bringing them Garth
 Brooks exclusives in the upcoming years is something that'll excite them as
 much as it excites us," said David Porter, Wal-Mart vice president and
 divisional merchandise manager.  "We've all missed him -- his natural humor
 and his ability to touch each of our lives through his music and lyrics that
 seem to reach into our very souls."
     Details of the exclusive multi-year relationship are not being released at
 this time.
     Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood
 Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States.  Internationally, the
 company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico,
 Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom.  The company's securities are
 listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT.  More
 information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting .  Online merchandise sales are available at .

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