Wal-Mart Awards Bonuses to Workers

Wal-Mart Stores here will give out about $2 billion in bonuses and other awards to hourly employees, the company said Thursday.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here will give out about $2 billion in bonuses and other awards to hourly employees, the company said Thursday.

The figure includes $933.6 million in payroll bonuses, $788.8 million in profit-sharing and 401(k) contributions, and “hundreds of millions of dollars” worth of merchandise discounts and contributions to employee stock-purchasing plans, according to a company memo from Mike Duke, Wal-Mart's new chief executive officer. The contribut

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