Wal-Mart Shares Edge Lower As Sam’s Club Sales Fail to Hit Forecasts

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dropped more than 2% in pre-market trading on Thursday after the retailing corporation reported second-quarter earnings and sales that topped Street expectations, but Sam’s Club sales fell below expectations.

Wal-Mart shares lost 2.84% to trade at $78.68 per shares after the retailer posted net income of $2.90 billion, or 96 cents per share for the three-month period to July, down from $3.78 billion, or $1.21 per share, for the same period last year.

Revenue was reported to reach $123.4 billion, up from $120.9 billion recorded one year ago and ahead of the $122.8 billion expected by analysts. Same-store sales soared 1.8%, with traffic growing 1.3% for the quarter.  Online sales, which added 70 basis points to comparable sales, were said to grow 60 percent, decelerating from the 63-percent growth rate in the previous quarter.

Sam’s Club sales rose to $14.9 billion last quarter from $14.5 billion last year, but failed to reach analysts’ forecast for a rise to $14.8 billion.

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