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N.Y.: Wal-Mart levied fictional 'sugar tax' on soda

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.

The attorney general's office says the retailer launched a national sale in June advertising Coca-Cola 12-packs for $3, but consumers at 117 Wal-Mart stores in New York were routinely charged $3.50.

Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.

They say Wal-Mart ran a similar sale in March, and 66,000 12-packs of Coca-Cola have been sold in New York at an inflated price.

The settlement requires Wal-Mart to pay more than $66,000 and improve internal reporting.

A company spokesman says they're enhancing procedures to ensure proper promotional pricing.

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GCW says... September 16, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

What about the sugar tax on the other 80% of their grocery inventory?

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