Chinese shopper checks a product at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Jinan.
A Chinese shopper checks a product at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province on China's east coast, July 21, 2004. China's enormous retail market has attracted international titans, including U.S.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc, France's Carrefour SA, Japan's Ito-Yokado Co Ltd and British giant Tesco Plc. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has now 34 stores employing more than 18,000 associates in China since it entered the market in 1996. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV