Headline, Wall Street Journal, 3 October 2007: "Wal*Mart Era Wanes Amid Big Shifts In Retail: Rivals Find Strategies To Defeat Low Prices; World Has Changed"
Sentence #1: "The Wal*Mart Era, the retailer's time of overwhelming business and social influence in America, is drawing to a close."
(You know my biases ... I'm not surprised. "Lasting" is a chimera.)