For all the companies involved in retailing business, the holiday season is considered as the busiest of all. The retailing giant Wal-Mart Inc. is scheduled to report its fourth quarter earnings on Thursday February 19th before market close. The retail company's earnings report will set the platform for other companies involved in retail business to announce their quarterly performance.
The company is expected to report earnings per share between $1.46 and $1.56 for the last quarter and $4.99 for the whole year of 2014.
Company's sales in the holiday season were according to the estimation by National Retail Federation. Undoubtedly consumer spent a lot during the holiday season on gifts together with some other merchandise. During the holiday season, Wal-Mart stores were on its toes to meet all the in-shoppers and online purchases. The company continuously spent on technology segment to allow its customers purchase and place their orders online by using mobile phones.
Usually the holiday session start from last week of November (Thanksgiving) . However, most of the retailers start it from November beginning to ignore delivery obstacle. National research foundation said during the whole holiday season total sales of retail industry increased by 4%to $616.1 billion as per the estimated growth of 4%.
Other main area of importance for company's fourth quarter will be its e-commerce solutions. In the current fiscal year 2015, Wal-Mart has started to try its fresh e-commerce solution that offers its users to buy groceries and other items online. This new experience will benefit Wal-Mart in the area of digital shopping and also help the company to increase its online sales.
According to almost 26 analysts, the giant is all set to deliver the earnings of $1.53 a share and a top-line revenue of $132.32 billion for the fourth quarter covering from October to December 2014. Analysts at Wall Street have reduced the company share price to $1.53 from the previous price of $1.55.
Wal-Mart has managed to outperform the analyst's expectation as the company out shined in the earlier half and missed a quarter. Further, more, analysts are anticipating a drop of 4.4% in earnings contrasting from the 2% increase in top line growth.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) stock price is up by 0.03%, with share price of $85.81 during pre-market trading on February 13th. The retail company has a market cap of $276.58 billion and price to earnings ratio of 17.92.