Is Wal-Mart next? The next big retailer to report a margin shock (previous) due to discounting...

|About: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)|By:, SA News Editor

Is Wal-Mart next? The next big retailer to report a margin shock (previous) due to discounting could be Wal-Mart (WMT +0.5%), according to analysts. WMT exec Duncan MacNaughton concedes as much, saying "we continue to invest in price to drive our price separation and our price leadership." Thomson Reuters estimates WMT's gross margin will fall to 24.5% from 25.1% this quarter - a mark that could move lower if WMT keeps discounting right through the end of the year.