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Workers at the Sinton, Texas, Wal-Mart store "looked a little surprised" when the chain's billionaire founder, Sam Walton, dropped in for a visit, but they ended up having a good talk.

Walton, whose wealth is estimated at $6.7 billion by Forbes magazine, told a Rotary Club meeting in nearby Corpus Christi he chatted with the Wal-Mart staff Saturday about ways to reverse the Sinton store's money-losing ways."We had a good session," said Walton, 71, who is chairman of the nation's third-largest retailer. "They talked for a little and I listened, then I talked for a while and they listened."

Walton said he understands the store's losses aren't the fault of the staff. "Sinton is a town pretty hard hit by the drought."