Forward Looking Statements
This release contains updated statements as to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. management's forecasts or estimates of the company’s underlying diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the three months and fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2014, the company's diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the three months and fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2014 calculated by adjusting for the expected dilutive impact of: (i) the planned closure of approximately 50 under-performing stores in Brazil and China; (ii) the end of Walmart’s retail franchise and supply agreements in India; (iii) the non-income tax contingencies in Brazil; (iv) the employment claim contingencies in Brazil; (v) the lease accounting expenses in China; and (vi) the Sam’s Club restructuring. The company believes that the anticipated amount of the impact of the foregoing items on the company’s diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the three months and fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2014, the estimated amount by which the sale of the Vips restaurant business will be accretive to diluted earnings per share from discontinued operations for the three months ending April 30, 2014, and the comparable store sales of the Walmart U.S. segment of the company and the comparable club sales, excluding fuel, of the Sam's Club segment of the company for the 14-week period from Oct. 26, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014 are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that act. Those statements can be identified by the use of the word or phrase "anticipate," "expect," "will impact," "is now," "expects," "is implementing," "is being closed," "are estimated," "is now expected," "is expected," and "is greater than expected" in the statements or relating to such statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, domestically and internationally, including: general economic conditions; business trends in the company's markets; economic conditions affecting specific markets in which we operate; competitive pressures; the amount of inflation or deflation that occurs, both generally and in certain product categories; consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, spending levels, spending patterns and debt levels; customer traffic in Walmart's stores and clubs and average ticket size; consumer acceptance of the company’s merchandise offerings; the disruption of seasonal buying patterns in the United States and other markets; geo-political conditions and events; weather conditions and events and their effects; catastrophic events and natural disasters and their effects on Walmart's business; public health emergencies; civil unrest and disturbances and terrorist attacks; commodity prices; the cost of goods Walmart sells; transportation costs; the cost of diesel fuel, gasoline, natural gas and electricity; the selling prices of gasoline; disruption of Walmart's supply chain, including transport of goods from foreign suppliers; trade restrictions; changes in tariff and freight rates; labor costs; the availability of qualified labor pools in Walmart's markets; changes in employment laws and regulations; the cost of healthcare and other benefits; casualty and other insurance costs; accident-related costs; adoption of or changes in tax and other laws and regulations that affect Walmart's business, including changes in corporate tax rates; developments in, and the outcome of, legal and regulatory proceedings to which Walmart is a party or is subject and the costs associated therewith; the requirements for expenditures in connection with the FCPA matters and compliance programs; currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in market interest rates; conditions and events affecting domestic and global financial and capital markets; the company not obtaining the necessary approvals for the sale of the Vips restaurant business in the quarter ending April 30, 2014; failure of the purchaser of the Vips restaurant business to perform its obligations regarding the purchase of the Vips restaurant business; and other risks. Factors that may affect the company’s effective tax rate include changes in the company’s assessment of certain tax contingencies, valuation allowances, changes in law, outcomes of administrative audits, the impact of discrete items, and the mix of earnings among the company’s U.S. and international operations. The company discusses certain of the factors described above more fully in certain of its filings with the SEC, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC (in which the company also discusses other factors that may affect its operations, results of operations and comparable store and club sales) and this release should be read in conjunction with that annual report on Form 10-K, together with all of the company's other filings, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, made with the SEC through the date of this release. The company urges readers to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this release. As a result of these matters, changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other circumstances, the company's actual results may differ materially from the expected results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are as of the date of this release, and Walmart undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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