Grocery, Easter Sales Pace Wal-Mart Gain

U.S. sales at Wal-Mart Stores increased by 5% in April, ahead of its own forecast, as consumers sought value in shopping for Easter items and groceries. The results included a 5.9% comparable-store sales increase at Wal-Mart stores and a 0.3% comp increase at the Sam’s Club warehouse division.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — U.S. sales at Wal-Mart Stores here increased by 5% in April, ahead of its own forecast, as consumers sought value in shopping for Easter items and groceries. The results included a 5.9% comparable-store sales increase at Wal-Mart stores and a 0.3% comp increase at the Sam’s Club warehouse division.

“We gained new customers, improved our market share position and found that when customers had more money to spend, they spent it more often at Wal-Mart,” Eduardo

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