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The stock fell 5% early Thursday after the retail giant’s earnings fell short in the fourth quarter of fiscal and warned of slower earnings growth News that overshadowed stronger sales and a dividend hike

Walmart (ticker: WMT) said it lost $ 209 billion, or 74 cents a share, after gaining $ 145 a share in the same period last year with no losses tied to the UK and Japan corporations and other one-time items, it earned $ 139 a share of sales that rose 73% year over year to $ 1521 billion. Analysts searched for earnings per share of $ 151 and revenue of $ 148.5 billion

Like-for-like sales rose 86% above the 62% consensus estimate Online sales were again the biggest driver, up 69% in the quarter Sam’s Club’s warehouse division saw sales in the same store increase 5%, led by a 42% increase in e-commerce

Additionally, Walmart increased its quarterly dividend by a cent, or 19%, to 55 cents, payable on Dec. April 48th Times in a row with dividend increases. In addition, a new share buyback program in the amount of 20 billion The company plans to lower wages to around 425 USD, replacing a previous program approved in 2017000 employees to an average of over $ 15 an hour, although the initial minimum wage will remain at $ 11 rivals

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For the full fiscal year, Walmart expects a “slight decrease” in earnings per share or flat to slightly higher earnings without divestments. Revenue is also declining on a currency-neutral basis, but is seeing low single-digit growth with no divestments. Current consensus sees earnings spike per share at $ 5 before63 for the year, down from the $ 5 48 the company reported today

The quarter has been a mixed one for the company, with strong sales showing that it still has a large market share and that e-commerce, while not yet profitable, has seen steady margin improvements, while staff increases add to overall costs and, in part, the Explaining the company’s subdued full-year earnings guidance, they bring Walmart closer to peer pay scales, as noted above
Aside from the poor results, investors may also be concerned about the high $ 1 billion pandemic cost that Walmart faced in the quarter, which is also said to have invested $ 14 billion in the current fiscal year, which is an increase of roughly $ 4 billion – another likely necessary investment in the business, but a big headline

Walmart stock fell 5% early Thursday after the retail giant’s earnings fell short in fiscal fourth quarter, warning of a slowdown in earnings growth, news that overshadowed stronger sales and a dividend hike

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