Walmart's Same-Store Sales Rise 10%, Online Revenues Surge
Walmart Inc's first-quarter US comparable sales rose 10% and the retailer reported a 74% rise in online revenue as stockpiling of groceries and other staples drove consumers to its stores and website during the coronavirus-related lockdowns.
The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, like many other essential businesses, has seen an unprecedented spike in demand late in March and early in April as 'shelter-in-place' orders made consumers stock up while limiting their trips to the grocers.
However, the company pulled its forecast for the full-year due to the uncertainty to its business caused by the pandemic.
Walmart has also been ramping up hiring, temporarily increasing wages and spending more on the maintenance of its stores and fulfillment centres as frustrations mount among US warehouse, delivery and retail workers in the United States over concerns about their safety and pay.
The company said it incurred additional costs related to pandemic of nearly $900 million (€821.7 million).
Still, operating income rose 5.6% to $5.22 billion (€4.77 billion) in the quarter ended 30 April with adjusted earnings per share at $1.18, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.12.
Walmart also said it would discontinue Jet.com, an online start-up it acquired in 2016 for $3.3 billion (€3.01 billion).