Walmart forging ahead with worker, tech  investments despite near-term gloom

Walmart forging ahead with worker, tech investments despite near-term gloom

“Retail history is very clear. Those that are unwilling or unable to change go away. Those that get ahead of the curve will thrive." — DOUG McMILLON, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

An investment community already apprehensive about Wal-Mart Stores’ bets on technology and employee pay turned even more sour upon learning their financial impacts would likely hit harder, and benefits arrive slower, than once expected.

But despite issuing a grim earnings forecast — particularly for the next fiscal year when earnings are expected to decline between 6% and 12% — and enduring the historic stock dive that f

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