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Wal-Mart Reports Record Q1 Sales, Earnings

5/16/2006 11:38:00 AM Eastern

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores reported record sales and earnings for the first quarter, ended April 30.

Net sales were $79.613 billion, an increase of 12.3 percent over the first quarter of fiscal 2006. And net income for the quarter was $2.615 billion, an increase of 6.3 percent from $2.461 billion in the fiscal first quarter of last year.

Net sales during its fiscal first quarter for the three Wal-Mart divisions are as follows (with last year’s first quarter in parenthesis): Wal-Mart Stores, $52.5 billion ($47.6 billion), a 10.2 percent gain; Sam’s Club, $9.8 billion ($9.2 billion), a 6.8 percent gain; and International, $17.3 billion ($14.1 billion), a 22 percent gain.

Total U.S. comparable store sales for the fiscal first quarter increased 3.8 percent, which is represented by a 3.8 percent increase for Wal-Mart Stores and a 4.3 percent increase for Sam’s Club.

During the quarter, the Wal-Mart Stores segment had segment operating income (income before net interest expense, income taxes, unallocated corporate overhead and minority interest) of $3.9 billion, an increase of 20.4 percent, compared with $3.3 billion in the previous year’s first quarter.

Sam’s Club had operating income for the quarter of $319 million, an increase of 8.1 percent, compared with $295 million in the first quarter of last year.

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