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  • Sep. 12, 2011, 2:58 PM

    A survey by a consumer research group indicates a whopping 82% of Americans plan to spend less money this holiday season. Standing in the line of fire are mass merchandisers like Wal-Mart (WMT -1.1%) and Target (TGT -0.3%), according to America's Research Group, as more shoppers move a step beyond traditional discounters to dollar stores offering basement-level prices.

    | Sep. 12, 2011, 2:58 PM
  • Sep. 8, 2011, 5:18 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) hires the former head of Russia's largest retailer, X5 Retail, but says it doesn't signal any immediate plans to re-enter the Russian market. It must've been impressed with Lev Khasis last year when X5 agreed to buy what analysts had considered a likely Wal-Mart acquisition in Russia, the Kopeika grocery chain, for $1.65B.

    | Sep. 8, 2011, 5:18 PM
  • Sep. 8, 2011, 2:46 PM

    It's never too early to kick off the holiday season with some recession-friendly promotions, according to Wal-Mart (WMT +1.1%). The retailer plans to offer $15 toys, step up its stock of Christmas decorations and bring back layaway plans (after a 5-year hiatus) in order to boost holiday sales before the "official" season starts after Thanksgiving.

    | Sep. 8, 2011, 2:46 PM
  • Sep. 8, 2011, 2:41 PM

    Sign of the times: Its customers coming under more economic strain, Wal-mart (WMT) is bringing back its layaway payment plan in time for the holidays. Popular for years, layaway became obsolete with the widespread use of credit cards. Wal-mart joins Toys "R" Us and Sears (SHLD) in reviving the practice.

    | Sep. 8, 2011, 2:41 PM
  • Sep. 7, 2011, 10:56 AM

    A recent court ruling against Wal-Mart allows it to pay $27.5M in claims to Netflix (NFLX) customers in the form of Wal-Mart gift cards (on which there is prominent advertising for the retailer's video rental service Vudu). "The equivalent of a marketing campaign that costs WMT only $0.68 cents per potential customer," says Netflix, which is fighting the decision.

    | Sep. 7, 2011, 10:56 AM
  • Sep. 1, 2011, 9:54 AM

    A bit of very early Christmas cheer for retailers as Victor Fung, chairman of one of the world’s biggest outsourcing suppliers of consumer goods, predicts seasonal sales could match last year despite "uneven" growth in the U.S. and Europe. Wal-Mart (WMT) and Macy’s (M) are among Fung's customers.

    | Sep. 1, 2011, 9:54 AM
  • Aug. 30, 2011, 3:12 PM
    Labor shortages continue driving Chinese wages higher, and the effects of China's one-child policy could make things worse: China's pool of 15 to 24-year old workers is expected to decline by 62M from 2010 to 2025. American retailers such as WMT, TGT, HD, and DG, who depend heavily on inexpensive Chinese goods, will no doubt be watching closely.
    | Aug. 30, 2011, 3:12 PM | 11 Comments
  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:46 AM

    A federal court approves a plan for Harry & David to emerge from bankruptcy by exchanging $200M in senior debt for equity in the privately-owned restructured company. The retailer originally filed for protection in March, citing intense competition from Wal-Mart (WMT -0.7%) and other big-box retailers.

    | Aug. 30, 2011, 11:46 AM
  • Aug. 29, 2011, 5:35 PM

    "Huge corporations, serving the nation through country-wide chains, are displacing the neighborhood store." This diatribe was from 1928 and concerned A&P, whose "aggressive efforts to cut purchasing costs, narrow its own margins, and reduce consumer prices," were fought then as Wal-Mart's are now. In the end, it wasn't politics, but poor management that brought down A&P.

    | Aug. 29, 2011, 5:35 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:58 PM

    Wal-Mart (WMT) has stumbled often in internet retailing, but it has been surprisingly successful in digital movie downloads. A year after buying streaming service Vudu, the operation has become the third most popular such service, placing it ahead of similar offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and Sony (SNE) but still far behind Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).

    | Aug. 29, 2011, 12:58 PM
  • Aug. 18, 2011, 3:19 PM
    Shares of Wal-Mart WMT nudge 0.3% higher, no small feat with today's market carnage. A Murray Leith analyst sees a bargain, pointing out same-store sales increased every month in Q2 and WMT "continues to expand internationally and there is ample opportunity for margin expansion."
    | Aug. 18, 2011, 3:19 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 16, 2011, 5:29 PM
    What may really interest Wal-Mart (WMT) about Carrefour's (CRERY.PK) Brazilian assets are not its hypermarkets, but the French retailer's 73 "atacadao" outlets. These smaller cash and carry stores are of growing popularity with Brazilians - no longer worried about hyperinflation and instead interested in shopping locally to avoid hours stuck in traffic.
    | Aug. 16, 2011, 5:29 PM
  • Aug. 16, 2011, 5:05 PM

    Wall Street Strategies upgrades Wal-Mart (WMT +3.9%) to Hold from Sell, as the company "may finally be poised to benefit from consumer spending volatility, and that is not priced into the stock.". Although it posted a 0.9% decline in Q2 U.S. comp store sales, worse than TGT, COST and BJ, sales accelerated through the quarter, and Q4 guidance looks strong.

    | Aug. 16, 2011, 5:05 PM
  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:31 AM

    More on Wal-mart (WMT): Sales continue to decline at its U.S. stores, falling 0.9% in Q2, the 9th consecutive quarterly drop. Nevertheless, the company lifts and narrows in FY2011 outlook for EPS to $4.41-$4.51. Shares +1% premarket.

    | Aug. 16, 2011, 7:31 AM
  • Aug. 16, 2011, 7:15 AM
    Wal-Mart (WMT): Q2 EPS of $1.09 beats by $0.01. Revenue of $109.37B (+5.5% Y/Y) beats by $0.88B. Shares -0.9% premarket. (PR)
    | Aug. 16, 2011, 7:15 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 16, 2011, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Tuesday's open: DKS, HD, SKS, TJX WMT
    | Aug. 16, 2011, 12:05 AM
Company Description
Wal-Mart Stores Inc operates retail stores in various formats under various banners. Its operations comprise of three reportable business segments, Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club in three categories retail, wholesale and others.