Higher customer traffic boosts Wal-Mart's sales

Still, the world's largest retailer reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell 18 percent as its results have been squeezed by its investments in online upgrades and stores.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) reports its Earnings on Tue 21 Feb (In 3 Days).

Q4 revenue rose 1% to $130.9 billion; excluding currency fluctuations, revenue in the quarter was $133.6 billion.

However, the top- and bottom-line numbers aren't necessarily what has the market excited.

Joining the likes of 7-Eleven and QuikTrip, Wal-Mart is quietly testing its own convenience store in Crowley.

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South of the border, Wal-Mart outperformed its sister Canadian chain, posting sales growth of 1.8 per cent at existing stores, driven by a 1.4 per cent increase in traffic to its outlets.

Walmart has invested heavily in e-commerce over the past year, most notably its $3.3 billion acquisition of Amazon competitor Jet.com, and it appears to be paying off. The Walmart U.S. segment includes the Company's mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail. E-commerce sales positively impacted comps by approximately 0.8% in the quarter.

With possibly the best results for American major brick and mortar retailers over the holiday period, Wal-Mart is moving a significant portion of their energy to online sales, setting their sights on industry leader Amazon. Moosejaw will be Wal-Mart's third acquisition in just over six months. "Failure to deliver on the price front could have serious long term ramifications for the Wal-Mart business", he said. Sam's Club comparable sales, excluding fuel, to increase about 1.0 percent. In addition, WMT's board of directors also approved a 2 percent raise to its quarterly dividend payout to $2.04 a share annually. However, the figure declined 12.8% from the year-ago adjusted earnings of $1.49 per share.

Wal-Mart Stores reported earnings of $1.22 a share that included unfavorable impact from discrete items. The company earned $118.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $118.69 billion. Analysts project first-quarter earnings of $0.96 per share. The stock's current distance from 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) is 3.13% where SMA50 and SMA200 are 1% and -0.81% respectively.

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