WAL-MART POSTS WEAK SALES GAINS

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores here last week said its December same-store sales were at the low end of expectations and that earnings for the fourth quarter, which ends this month, would also be at the low end of its projected range.In a pre-recorded call discussing its results, the company said comp-store sales for the five-week period ended Dec. 31 were up 2.2% over year-ago levels, including

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores here last week said its December same-store sales were at the low end of expectations and that earnings for the fourth quarter, which ends this month, would also be at the low end of its projected range.

In a pre-recorded call discussing its results, the company said comp-store sales for the five-week period ended Dec. 31 were up 2.2% over year-ago levels, including a 1.9% gain at its Wal-Mart Stores division, which includes discount stores, superce

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