Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam’s Club. It operates 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce Websites in 11 countries. A key to its success has been exceptionally good supply chain management. It is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Sales have flattened in recent quarters. Wal-Mart sales are highly correlated with economic indicators such as employment, personal consumption, and GDP. As the economy and employment improve, Wal-Mart is likely to grow.
However, SalesForekast™ projects Wal-Mart is likely to grow at a rate lower than the best-fit line indicating slower than historical growth expectations. Key will be Wal-Mart’s success at continuing to grow its e-commerce business.
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