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Walmart Reports Q3 EPS Of $1.08, Reaffirms Top End Of Full-year EPS Guidance; Company Is Well Positioned For Q4 Holidays

“We again delivered strong sales across the business, adding $2.3 billion in revenue. Comp sales increased 1.5 percent this quarter, as we lapped a 1.3 percent comp last year,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer. “We’re excited about the fourth quarter. November sales started ahead of plan. Our Black Friday plans are innovative and designed to drive additional traffic in our stores. We expect strong performance through Thanksgiving weekend.”

For the 4-5-4 period from Oct. 27, 2012 through Jan. 25, 2013, Walmart U.S. expects comp store sales to range from 1.0 percent to 3.0 percent. The Walmart U.S. 13-week comp for last year’s fourth quarter rose 1.5 percent.

For Sam’s Club, comp traffic and ticket, excluding fuel, increased for both Business and Advantage members for the 13-week period ended Oct. 26.

“Sam’s Club comp sales, while a solid 2.7 percent, fell short of our guidance. Business members in particular, continued to be pressured economically,” said Rosalind Brewer, Sam’s Club president and chief executive officer. “Inflation was lower than last quarter and much less than a year ago. While lower costs are good for our members, deflation impacted comp sales more than expected. Sam’s Club is stepping up price investment for the holidays, and we are well prepared for our members’ gifting and entertaining needs.”

Sam’s Club expects comp sales, without fuel, for the current 13-week period ending Jan. 25, 2013, to increase between 1.5 percent and 3.5 percent. Last year, Sam’s Club comp, without fuel, for the fourth quarter comparable 13-week period rose 5.4 percent.

To align with the company’s internal operating systems, Walmart will report comp sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 on a 4-5-4 basis and will not recognize a 53-week retail calendar this year. For fiscal year 2014, Walmart will report comp store sales on a 53-week basis, with 4-5-5 reporting for the fourth quarter.

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