BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 3 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported net sales for the four-week period ending October 28, 2005, and October 29, 2004, as follows (dollars in billions):
4 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
10-28-2005 10-29-2004 Change 10-28-2005 10-29-2004 Change
Stores $15.397 $13.915 10.7% $149.557 $135.973 10.0%
SAM'S CLUB 3.073 2.816 9.1% 29.087 27.052 7.5%
International 4.785 4.311 11.0% 45.050 40.020 12.6%
Company $23.255 $21.042 10.5% $223.694 $203.045 10.2%
Comparable sales for the periods ending October 28, 2005 and October 29,
2004, were as follows:
4 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
10-28-2005 10-29-2004 10-28-2005 10-29-2004
Wal-Mart Stores 3.9% 2.5% 3.3% 3.2%
SAM'S CLUB 6.7% 5.0% 5.1% 6.9%
Total U.S. 4.3% 2.9% 3.6% 3.8%
SAM'S CLUB comparable sales without gasoline sales would have been 4.8% for the October four-week period. Total U.S. comparable sales would have been 4.0% without the SAM'S gasoline sales. During the four-week and thirty-nine- week periods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. added over $2.2 billion and $20.6 billion in sales, respectively.
We estimate comparable sales in the U.S. for the November four-week period to be in the 3 to 5 percent range.
Our earnings release for the third fiscal quarter is scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2005 before the NYSE opens. The dial-in number is 203-369-1090 and will be available for 36 hours after quarterly earnings are announced. The information from this pre-recorded phone call will also be available in the investors section on our website at http://www.walmartstores.com under financial information, earnings and dividends.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. The company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting http://www.walmartfacts.com . Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com .
This release contains a statement that Wal-Mart believes is a "forward- looking statement" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that is intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that Act. This forward-looking statement, which discusses our management's forecast of comparable sales for the November four-week period, appears in the second paragraph following the comparable sales table in this release. It is identified by use of the word "estimate". This forward-looking statement is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, domestically and internationally, including, consumer spending patterns and debt levels, weather conditions, competitive pressures, currency exchange fluctuations, trade restrictions, and other risks. We discuss certain of these matters more fully in our filings with the SEC, including our last Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. This release should be read in conjunction with that Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the SEC through the date of this report. We urge you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating this forward-looking statement. As a result of these matters, including changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other circumstances, our actual comparable sales for the November four-week period may differ materially from forecast comparable sales discussed in the forward- looking statement. The forward-looking statement included in this release is made only as of the date of this report, and we undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
CONTACT: Investor Relations, +1-479-273-8446, or Jay Fitzsimmons,
+1-479-273-6445, or Pauline Tureman, +1-479-277-9558, or media relations,
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