U.S. officials will ask Wal-Mart  (WMT) - Get Report to pay $300 million to settle a five-year investigation into foreign bribery activities, sources told the Wall Street Journal

That offer would be a fraction of the $1 billion settlement the Obama administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department had sought before Barack Obama left office. 

Wal-Mart has spent about $840 million on its own internal investigation, according to company filings, into the allegations that it paid bribes the Mexican officials in order to get the go ahead to build stores there. 

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