WAL-MART: FUEL COSTS IMPACT SALES

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said the company achieved record sales and earnings for the second quarter that ended July 31, though sales growth was stunted somewhat by the impact of rising fuel prices on consumer spending.

H. Lee Scott Jr., president and chief executive officer, said Wal-Mart missed its sales projections for the quarter "as our customer continues to be impacted by higher gas prices, and it is difficult to improve our expense leverage in the cur

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