Wal-Mart Reports October 1998 Sales

Bentonville, Arkansas, - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., reported net sales for the four week period ended October 30, 1998, of $10,384,000,000, an increase of 13.5% from the $9,146,000,000 in the similar period in the prior year. Sales for the thirty-nine week period were $96,907,000,000, an increase of 16.9% from the $82,910,000,000 in the similar period in the prior year.

SAM'S Clubs sales for the four-week period were $1,716,000,000, up 8.1% from sales of $1,588,000,000 in the similar prior year period. Club sales for the thirty-nine weeks of $16,323,000,000 were up 10.2% from the $14,817,000,000 in the similar prior year period.

Comparable sales for the periods ended October 30, 1998, were as follows:

4 Weeks

39 Weeks

This Year

Last Year

This Year

Last Year

Wal-Mart

8.0%

7.3%

9.0%

6.8%%

SAM'S Club

6.7%

1.7%

8.8%

3.0%

Total Company

7.7%

6.0%

9.0%

5.9%

As of October 31, 1998, t e Company had 1863 Wal-Mart stores, 543 Supercenters, and 450 Sam's Clubs in the United States. Internationally, the Company operated units in (13), (21), (409), and Puerto Rico (14), and under joint venture agreements in (4). Wal-Mart employs more than 780,000 Associates in the and 115,000 internationally.