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Wal-Mart Q4 sales up 1.4%, employees will receive pay raises

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. Consolidated net sales for Q4 were $130.7 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year.

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This quarter included the negative impact of approximately $2.6 billion from currency exchange rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis,1 net sales increased 3.5 percent to $133.2 billion. Membership and other income decreased 0.5 percent. Total revenue was $131.6 billion, an increase of approximately $1.9 billion, or 1.4 percent.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $5.0 billion, a 12.1 percent increase. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.53, compared to last year's $1.34. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $1.61, compared to $1.60 last year.

Consolidated net sales for the year were $482.2 billion, an increase of 1.9 percent over fiscal year 2014. Net sales included approximately $5.3 billion of negative impact from currency exchange rate fluctuations. Membership and other income increased 6.3 percent. Total revenue was $485.7 billion, an increase of approximately $9.4 billion, or 2.0 percent. Constant currency revenue was almost $491 billion.

Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart was $16.4 billion, up 2.1 percent. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $4.99, or 2.9 percent above last year's $4.85. Underlying1 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart were $5.07, compared to $5.11 last year.

The EPS impact of certain discrete items on the company's reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results from continuing operations was $0.08 per share.

Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. president and CEO announced a new initiative on pay and training for U.S. associates. Approximately 500,000 full-time and part-time associates at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs will receive pay raises in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Current and future associates will benefit from this initiative, which ensures that Walmart hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today's federal minimum wage, or $9.00 per hour, in April. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10.00 per hour.


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