Shares of retailers and other consumer-services companies rose after strong jobs data suggested spending would soon rise. As part of its effort to defend its once-dominant position in household goods from Amazon.com, Walmart has applied for a patent on sensors that would track how much milk or laundry detergent was left in a sold package, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
May 05, 2017 16:26 ET (20:26 GMT)