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Wal-Mart Sees Online Sales Surge, More Shoppers at Stores

19 Mai 2017

Lidl, a German discount grocer, announced Wednesday that its first 20 USA stores would open June 15 in the Carolinas and Virginia, with another 80 slated to open within the year. Total revenue was $117.5 billion, up 1.4 percent; excluding currency, total revenue was $118.8 billion, a 2.5 percent rise. The retailer reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.04.

Shares of Wal-Mart were up 1.2 percent at $76 before the market opened. "So overall we're making progress in providing the seamless shopping experience our customers desire and we will keep moving along this journey". The company announced the acquisition of bulk e-commerce retailer Jet.com in August, part of a plan to offer customers more products through the web.

"The first quarter was a solid quarter for Wal-Mart on multiple fronts as margins held steady despite the myriad ongoing investments in people, technology and price", said Moody's analyst Charlie O'Shea.

For the second quarter, Wal-Mart said it expected an increase of 1.5 percent to 2 percent in US same-store sales. "Our stores are located within 10 miles of almost 90% of the US population so this is convenient for many of our customers and also saves them money". Arvest Bank Trust Division's holdings in Wal-Mart Stores were worth $10,647,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

During a conference call with analysts and investors, McMillion said the retail giant's online store is now offering 50 million products, up from 10 million a year ago.

The results signal that Wal-Mart is getting a payoff from an ambitious online expansion, which included last year's $3.3 billion acquisition of Jet.com Inc.

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The company will also use stores as local distribution hubs - using the backroom storage areas to also house goods bought online directly to homes, or held there to be picked up by shoppers. Executives attributed some of Walmart.com's increased traffic and sales to the new policy. South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 2,291.79.

USA e-commerce sales surged 63% in the first quarter, including sales from Jet.com Inc. and other recent e-commerce acquisitions. The retailer doesn't intend to buy its way to e-commerce success, McMillon said, but the purchases "are helping us speed some things up". At least at this pace, Walmart could get to a fifth Amazon's size this year in USA e-commerce, up from a sixth last year.

He still sees plenty of room for improvement despite the first-quarter progress.

The global business division reported net sales of $27.1 billion in the first quarter, a decrease of 3.5 percent. The acquisitions may have contributed to that growth, though, since Walmart has been listing some merchandise from its newly acquired brands on the flagship site. The company reported seven of its 11 worldwide markets reported same-store sales increases during the quarter.

Net sales at Sam's Club, the company's warehouse division, increased 2.8 percent to $14 billion in the quarter. The division was led by results from China and Mexico.

While growing online sales and rising profits pushed shares up more than 8 percent before the opening bell Wednesday, CEO Brian Cornell still needs to find a way to thrive in the face of intense pressure Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. BofA/Merrill raised its rating on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.to Buy on 22/02/2017 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. Adjusted earnings came to $1.21 per share, well above the 91 cents per share that Wall Street had expected according to FactSet.