Wal-Mart Cites Grocery Gains

Grocery sales, including improvements in the perishables offering, were a source of strength at Wal-Mart Stores during the second quarter, the company, based here, said last week. The retail giant also noted that comp-store sales at its Neighborhood Market banner a traditional supermarket format with about 150 locations were up 3.8% for the period, despite a decline in comp-store

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Grocery sales, including improvements in the perishables offering, were a source of strength at Wal-Mart Stores during the second quarter, the company, based here, said last week.

The retail giant also noted that comp-store sales at its Neighborhood Market banner — a traditional supermarket format with about 150 locations — were up 3.8% for the period, despite a decline in comp-store sales for Wal-Mart's U.S. division overall.

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