Wal-Mart de Mexico executives paid bribes to sidestep planning regulations and get stores open faster, according to a New York Times report. American executives were reportedly aware of many incidents of corruption thanks to a Wal-Mart de Mexico whistle-blower but shut down an internal investigation into the incidents. Company officials said Wal-Mart today operates a "strong and effective global anticorruption program" at a cost of more than $100 million this year.

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