Factory broke policy, retailer Wal-Mart says

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Wal-Mart says a Bangladesh garment factory that caught fire Saturday killing 112 people had previously produced merchandise for the retailer without its permission.

Wal-Mart said that one of the company’s suppliers had contracted work out to the factory without authorization and in violation of Wal-Mart policies. The company said it terminated its relationship with the supplier Monday.

A Wal-Mart spokesman would not comment on how recently the plant manufactured Wal-Mart clothes. Earlier, the retailer said it could not confirm whether it had an active relationship with the factory.