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Walmart Misses the Mark: Biggest Takeaways From Earnings

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Walmart  (WMT) - Get Report reported earnings before the bell Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The earnings for its fourth quarter came in weaker than analysts were expecting.

The company reported earnings of $1.38 a share, which fell short of expectations for $1.44 a share.

Sales came in at $141.67 billion, which came in shy of expectations for $142.5 billion.

Same-store sales rose by 1.9% in the U.S. Wall Street, however, had been expecting a 2.3% gain.

Brett Biggs, CFO, noted that the holiday seasons weren’t as strong as Walmart had expected.

“In the few weeks before Christmas, we experienced some softness in a few general merchandise categories in our U.S. stores," Biggs said in a statement, noting the company also experienced softness in some key international markets, as well as in Chile, "... where unrest led to disruption in the majority of our stores." 

Executives on the company's post-earnings conference call said they expect a "couple of cents" of negative impact on the company's fiscal first-quarter due to the outbreak of COVID-19, which has impacted sales in the Far East, though the company is not officially factoring the coronavirus into its forecast for the new year. 

eCommerce sales, on the other hand, came in strong--up 35%.

Walmart reported online sales growth of 37% for the year, which actually topped its internal growth targets of 35%.

The company noted that growth for the full quarter could come in below the expectations of 3% to 4% growth that it had previously guided for.

Walmart is up around 18% in the past year. 

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