FOOD SALES HELP DRIVE WAL-MART'S GROWTH IN 2005

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Food sales continued to drive the performance of Wal-Mart Stores here last year, even as the company is placing an increasing emphasis on fashion and more high-quality merchandise.In a recorded message discussing results for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, the company said total food sales at supercenters grew by 17% in the fourth quarter, while comparable-store food sales were

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Food sales continued to drive the performance of Wal-Mart Stores here last year, even as the company is placing an increasing emphasis on fashion and more high-quality merchandise.

In a recorded message discussing results for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, the company said total food sales at supercenters grew by 17% in the fourth quarter, while comparable-store food sales were up in the mid-single digits.

Eduardo Castro-Wright, president of Wal-Mart's U.S

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