BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 2 -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) reported net sales for the four-week period ending May 27, 2005, and May 28, 2004 as follows (dollars in billions):
4 Weeks Ended 17 Weeks Ended Percent Percent 5-27-2005 5-28-2004 Change 5-27-2005 5-28-2004 Change Wal-Mart Stores $ 15.697 $ 14.388 9.1% $ 64.343 $ 58.718 9.6% SAM'S CLUB 3.064 2.935 4.4% 12.393 11.734 5.6% International 4.660 4.102 13.6% 19.331 17.031 13.5% Total Company $ 23.421 $ 21.425 9.3% $ 96.067 $ 87.483 9.8% Comparable sales for the periods ending May 27, 2005 and May 28, 2004, were as follows: 4 Weeks Ended 17 Weeks Ended 5-27-2005 5-28-2004 5-27-2005 5-28-2004 Wal-Mart Stores 2.7 % 4.8 % 2.9 % 5.1 % SAM'S CLUB 1.6 % 11.8 % 3.1 % 9.0 % Total U.S. 2.5 % 6.0 % 2.9 % 5.7 %
We estimate comparable sales in the U.S. for the June five-week period to be in the 2 to 4 percent range.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will webcast its annual Shareholders' meeting Friday, June 3, 2005, and its same-day presentations to analysts.
The business meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. CDT and will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. CDT. The presentations to analysts will begin at 2:00 p.m. CDT and conclude at 5:15 p.m. CDT. You may access the audio webcast via the Investor Information section of the company's website at http://www.walmartstores.com .
If you are unable to view the webcast, a live conference call will be available by dialing 212-271-4513. No pass code will be required for this call. The webcast will be available until June 17, 2005, on the company's website.
Also this year, a live videocast of the entire Shareholders' meeting, including the pre-meeting activities will begin at 7:00 a.m. CDT and will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. CDT. The videocast of the Shareholders' meeting will be replayed in its entirety at 1:30 p.m. CDT. The videocast can be accessed via the Investor Information section of the company's website at http://www.walmartstores.com.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, 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 June five-week period, appears in the 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 June five-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.
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