Summary: Wal-Mart is blaming a "clerical error" for an incorrect calculation of same-store sales for the month of September. It had initially reported a same-stores increase of 1.8% for the month for stores open at least a year, a disappointment. Yesterday, the company said it expected the same-stores increase to be just 1.3%. The news sent shares downward by as much as 2.5% early in the day, before recovering to finish up $0.09 (0.18%). Wal-Mart's numbers are often indicative of how the retail sector will perform. The company has left general same-store sales expectations untouched for September at 3.5%.
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