U.S. Gains Pace Wal-Mart's Profit Growth

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said yesterday that its U.S. division increased operating profits by 11.3% in the fourth quarter, on sales gains of 6.7%, helping propel profitability at the company overall.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here said yesterday that its U.S. division increased operating profits by 11.3% in the fourth quarter, on sales gains of 6.7%, helping propel profitability at the company overall. For the full fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31, Wal-Mart‘s U.S. division saw its operating profit increase by 11.1% on a sales increase of 7.8. Comparable-store sales at Wal-Mart‘s U.S. stores were up 1.6% for the quarter and 2.9% for the year. Food comps at super

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