COLD SPRING CHILLS WAL-MART FORECAST

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said last week it is revising its first-quarter forecast downward as a result of the cold, wet spring weather across the country that has kept customers from buying seasonal items.The company said it is revising its earnings per share estimate for the first quarter downward from 32 cents to something about 30 cents per share."Because of the cooler weather

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said last week it is revising its first-quarter forecast downward as a result of the cold, wet spring weather across the country that has kept customers from buying seasonal items.

The company said it is revising its earnings per share estimate for the first quarter downward from 32 cents to something about 30 cents per share.

"Because of the cooler weather patterns we have seen over the last several weeks, we now believe earnings may

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