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Walmart Is Growing And Adding Stores

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The headlines about "Walmart closing stores" are only partially right. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has closed many locations in the past few years, but its' store count and footprint are actually growing.

Data provided by our friends at Statista clearly shows that Walmart's store count has grown every year since 2013. Walmart actually expanded its' retail operations over the past few years.

Statistics that prove Walmart is growing include:

· The total number of Walmart stores worldwide has grown in every year of this decade. Walmart operated 8,099 stores in 2010, 8,604 locations in 2011, 9,766 stores in 2012, 10,408 stores in 2013, 10,942 stores in 2014, 11,453 stores in 2015, 11,528 stores in 2016 and 11,695 stores in 2017.

· Walmart's global footprint has grown by 3,596 stores over the past seven years.

· Walmart's worldwide operations expanded by 167 stores between 2016 and 2017.

· Since 2012 the total number of Walmart stores in the United States has increased by 193. Walmart operated 4,479 US stores in 2012, 4,005 American locations in 2013, 4,203 United Stores in 2014, 4,516 US locations in 2015, 4,574 stores nationwide in 2016 and currently operates 4,672 stores in this country.

· The number of Walmart Supercenters in the US has increased by 493 since 2012. There were 3,029 American supercenters in 2012, 3,158 in 2013, 3,288 in 2014, 3,407 in 2015, 3,465 in 2016 and 3,522 in 2017.

· Walmart Neighborhood Markets are spreading like weeds. There were 210 Neighborhood Markets in 2012, 286 in 2013, 407 in 2014, 639 in 2015, 667 in 2016 and 735 in 2017.

· Walmart has opened 525 Neighborhood Markets in the US since 2012.

· Sam's Club is still growing. There were 611 Sam's Clubs in the United States in 2012; 620 in 2013, 632 in 204, 647 in 2015, 655 in 2016 and 660 in 2017.

· Walmart has opened 49 Sam's Clubs in the United States in the past five years.

· Walmart discount stores; the company's original layout, are slowly disappearing. There were 629 Walmart discount stores in the US in 2012; that number shrank to 561 in 2013, 508 in 2014, 470 in 2015, 442 in 2016 and 415 in 2017.

· 214 Walmart discount stores have closed since 2012. Note: many of those discount stores were replaced with Supercenters or Neighborhood Markets.

· Walmart has been opening an average of 105 Neighborhood markets, 99 Supercenters and 10 Sam's Club a year in the United States over the past five years. Walmart has also been experimenting with convenience stores in some markets.

Do not believe the hysterical headlines Walmart is growing and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

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