NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT - Get Report) released its second-quarter earnings report on Aug. 14. Results were slightly above Wall Street expectations on the top line, with revenue coming in at $120.1 billion versus the Wall Street estimate of $119.1 billion. Earnings per share dropped from the same quarter last year, falling from $1.23 a year ago to $1.21 in the most recent quarter.
Shares, at near $75, are down nearly 5% for the year to date, but are up over 1% for the past 52 weeks.
Walmart's comparable-store sales in the U.S. were unchanged year-over-year, which garnered much of the attention by investors as it stopped the streak of domestic sales declines that began in 2013.
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However, what largely got lost in the shuffle were the encouraging results internationally and how they came to fruition.
1. Comparable-Store Sales Growth
The company experienced positive comparable-store sales growth in four of its five largest international markets in the second quarter.
- United Kingdom - 2.0% increase
- Canada - 1.9% increase
- Mexico - 0.2% increase
- Brazil - 9.7% increase
The increases in comparable-store sales largely came from growth in average ticket size for customers as opposed to traffic increases. Walmart only managed to increase traffic in its United Kingdom stores (up 1.7%). Brazil saw unchanged traffic, and Canada and Mexico realized traffic declines of 1.1% and 0.2%, respectively. The company is generally not bringing in more traffic in international markets, which should be a concern to investors, but the traffic that is coming in is purchasing more, as shown by rising average ticket sizes.
Walmart's ticket growth is shown below:
- United Kingdom - 0.3%
- Canada - 1.3%
- Mexico - 2.1%
- Brazil - 9.7%
In addition to comparable store sales growth in the markets above, Argentina, Chile, Japan and Africa also realized comparable store sales growth. Chile, in particular, got a boost from an unusual source, its new mobile application.