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Walmart Reports Q4 EPS Of $1.67, Full Year EPS Of $5.02; Walmart U.S. Gains Market Share, Adds $4.7 Billion In Comp Sales For Year; Company Announces FY 14 Dividend Of $1.88, Up 18% Or $0.29 Per Share

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Jan. 31, 2013.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $127.1 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent from $122.3 billion in last year's fourth quarter. On a constant currency basis 1 , net sales would have increased 3.7 percent to $126.8 billion. Membership and other income decreased 7.8 percent to $815 million, due to lower other income. Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $127.9 billion, a 3.9 percent increase over last year.

Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the fourth quarter was $5.6 billion, up 7.9 percent. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart (EPS) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $1.67. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 27.7 percent, which was lower than the company's expectations, and compares to 30.9 percent last year. The fourth quarter effective tax rate benefited from a number of discrete tax items, including positive impact from fiscal 2013 legislative changes, most notably the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In comparison, EPS for the fourth quarter of last year were $1.51.

Fiscal 2013 results

Consolidated net sales for the full fiscal year were $466.1 billion, an increase of 5.0 percent over fiscal 2012. Net sales included approximately $4.0 billion from acquisitions and approximately $4.5 billion of negative impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations. Membership and other income was $3.0 billion, a decrease of 1.6 percent from the prior year. Total revenue was $469.2 billion, an increase of 5.0 percent or $22.2 billion.

Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart was $17.0 billion, a 7.8 percent increase from $15.8 billion last year. For fiscal 2013, EPS were $5.02 versus last year's EPS of $4.54, an increase of 10.6 percent. The effective tax rate for the full year was 31.0 percent, compared to 32.6 percent for the prior year. This rate was below the company's annual guidance of 32.5 to 33.5 percent, primarily due to the fourth quarter discrete tax items noted above.

Company well positioned for long term

"Walmart topped off a really good year with a solid fourth quarter, and I'm proud of what we accomplished as a team," said Mike Duke, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and chief executive officer. "Every day, our associates around the world deliver on our mission to help customers save money so they can live better. Together, we added $22 billion in sales to top $466 billion. Walmart U.S. was a key driver of our five percent net sales increase.

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