E-commerce Sales A Big Driver In Walmart Inc's (WMT) Earnings Beat


For the quarter, Walmart reported revenues of $122.69 billion and earnings per share of $1.14 per share, ahead of the expected $120.51 billion and $1.12 per share. The warehouse club chain's e-commerce sales were up 1%.

Moreover, Sam's Club comp sales increased 3.8% led by comp traffic growth of 5.6%.

Global sales were up 4.5 percent at $28.3 billion on a constant currency basis, helped by an early Easter, Biggs said. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.00 EPS. Eight of 11 markets posted positive comp sales, including our four largest markets. We Are One Seven LLC purchased a new position in shares of Walmart in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $123,000. We are changing from within to be faster and more digital, while shaping our portfolio of businesses for the future. Walmart has a 12-per-cent stake in JD.com.

"Overall, the stores business is getting stronger".

The mass merchandise retailer said on Thursday that USA online sales had risen 33% in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, well above the pace during the fourth quarter last year, and said it continued to believe e-commerce would be up 40% for the full year.

Moving averages are used as a strong indicator for technical stock analysis and it helps investors in figuring out where the stock has been and also helps in determining where it may be possibly heading. "The previously announced starting hourly wage rate increase took effect in February". He also says that the most financially healthy retailers are able to invest in stores and online, while others with less cash can't. In the USA, comps are expected to grow 2.3%. "We've improved our merchandising in areas like fresh food with better lighting, an expanded deli offer and an improved bakery layout to make it easier for customers to navigate", he said.

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Still, the pace was below Walmart's expectations for a 40 percent growth in online sales this fiscal year.

"We're also rolling out grocery delivery to about 800 stores by year-end, allowing us to cover 40% of the USA population with delivery".

The site redesign also boosted traffic to the company's online grocery business by 10 percent to 20 percent, e-commerce chief Marc Lore told reporters on an earnings conference call. "Omnichannel customers spend nearly twice as much with us, and they also spend more in stores even after becoming omnichannel customers".

The company is in the process of fixing its global business portfolio and recently said it will acquire a 77-percent stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart for $16 billion, its largest deal ever, to compete with Amazon.com Inc in an important growth market. Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is $-0.04/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of -2.9 Percent.

First-quarter earnings came in at $1.14 cents per share vs. $1.12 per share forecast by Thomson Reuters. After the earnings released early Thursday morning, shares move up almost 1% in premarket trading. Customer visits rose just 0.8%, the slowest growth in more than a year, as unseasonably cold and wet April weather kept American shoppers from visiting the stores.

In all, Sam's Club contributed over $13.62 billion to the topline in the USA for Walmart of $77.75 billion.