Wal-Mart beats 4Q profit forecasts

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $4.57 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said it had net income of $1.43. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.49 per share.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.46 per share.

The world’s largest retailer posted revenue of $129.67 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $130.35 billion.

Wal-Mart expects full-year earnings to be $4 to $4.30 per share.

Wal-Mart shares have increased roughly 8 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has declined roughly 6 per cent. The stock has decreased 23 per cent in the last 12 months.


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