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Wal-Mart shares tumble on report of weak February sales
Reuters.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Reuters

Posted on 02/15/2013 1:19:31 PM PST by mykroar

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) fell 3 percent on Friday after Bloomberg quoted a mid-level executive's email as saying the world's largest retailer had the worst sales start to any month in seven years in February.

Wal-Mart executives blamed the poor sales performance on increased payroll taxes as well as delayed tax returns, Bloomberg said.

Higher payroll taxes this year are seen as a potential problem for Wal-Mart and other discount retailers that try to attract lower-income customers who have less disposable income.

"In case you haven't seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster," Jerry Murray, a Wal-Mart vice president who works on finance in the U.S. logistics division, said in a February 12 email to other executives, Bloomberg reported. "The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) 7 years with the company."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; february; sales; walmart
Yet another sign of the improving economy.
1 posted on 02/15/2013 1:19:43 PM PST by mykroar
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To: mykroar

Looks like we’re in for another “Recovery Summer.”


2 posted on 02/15/2013 1:21:32 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: mykroar
Wal-Mart executives blamed the poor sales performance on increased payroll taxes as well as delayed tax returns

Those must be tax hikes on the 1%. < eye roll>

3 posted on 02/15/2013 1:25:02 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: mykroar

I admit that when it comes to matters of economics, I am not your go-to girl, but I find it puzzling that sales for a particular month can be tabulated and analyzed when that month is just barely half over. Don’t they need to see the figures for the entire month?


4 posted on 02/15/2013 1:26:02 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Bigg Red

The guy in the excerpt is just talking about “February month to date sales”.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 1:29:03 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

Well, when their ammo cabinet is EMPTY, I’ll shop elsewhere.

HALF the reason I go to walmart is to get ammo along with my other stuff.

That is THE thing that makes them different from target etc.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 1:31:49 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: Bigg Red

They compare Jan 2013 to Jan 2012. And, Wal Mart has instant sales analysis, their inventory system is second to none on earth.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 1:32:56 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Bigg Red

Most companies keep a day by day chart along with a cumulative month to date total. Plus they know what their daily average should be and can compare February to date’s average with that.

Usually they also compare their current February sales to this date figures with last years.

You do not wait until the month is complete to look at your sales. You keep track each day and use this to schedule advertising and sales (The one where you cut prices to try and drive up actual sales. That is confusing by using sales (as in running a sale) and sales (as in the amount you sold)in the same sentence.)


8 posted on 02/15/2013 1:33:16 PM PST by american_ranger
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To: fwdude

Indeed. To be followed by a “second-half story”. It could be a “Goldilocks economy” again.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 1:33:29 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Bigg Red

I assume they have a lot of historical data to compare to,
and all they had to do was look at the first couple of weeks to say “oh... crap”.

And, this was supposedly a “leaked” memo, as well.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 1:33:57 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: bicyclerepair
Well, when their ammo cabinet is EMPTY, I’ll shop elsewhere.

My best guess is that Walmart's sales have dropped because they ran out of guns and ammo. As far as I can tell, they are restocking very slowly, if at all.

11 posted on 02/15/2013 1:34:01 PM PST by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: mykroar

If they had any ammo in stock maybe their sales would have been higher.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 1:34:55 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: mykroar

Anyone shopped there lately? WM groceries leave something to be desired. We don’t get fruits, meats etc there at all anymore. Looks awful. Our local Kroger is full all the time now while WM Grocery across the street has only a few in their parking lots. Used to be the opposite.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 1:35:22 PM PST by Hattie
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

These aren't the tax hikes you're looking for...

14 posted on 02/15/2013 1:35:52 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

We’re all 1-percenters now...


15 posted on 02/15/2013 1:39:14 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: mykroar

comprehensive close
4:00 PM ET 2/15/2013
$ 69.30 -1.52 (2.15%)


16 posted on 02/15/2013 1:41:03 PM PST by deport
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To: Hattie

Their own pizzas are excellent IMO.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 1:41:18 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: mykroar

Enjoy it moron Obama voters! Reap what you sow.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 1:43:53 PM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: mykroar
Higher payroll taxes this year are seen as a potential problem for Wal-Mart and other discount retailers that try to attract lower-income customers who have less disposable income.

No problem, we'll just offset that by raising the minimum wage so that they'll have more money to go shopping at Walmart.

What, yinz guys down in Bentonville have a problem with that?


19 posted on 02/15/2013 1:44:42 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Vision

As Rush has been harping on this week -

the 0bama voters believe that these consequences have nothing to do with 0bama’s policies and are something he has been fighting to fix since he was first elected.

If anything, to them, dire financial news just means that 0bama is needed more than ever.


20 posted on 02/15/2013 1:47:23 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Bigg Red
I find it puzzling that sales for a particular month can be tabulated and analyzed when that month is just barely half over. Don’t they need to see the figures for the entire month?

Let me 'splain the retail industry to you. You are a highly paid, under-educated executive for a major big box chain. At the beginning of February you issue a confident report to your bosses that sales for this month will be "X". By mid-month the numbers are running 17 points behind "X". So you frantically start spinning it to blame the failure to meet "X" on anyone or anything other than your crappy prediction, otherwise you might not be around to set the sales target for March.


21 posted on 02/15/2013 1:47:58 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

payroll taxes = SS and MEDICARE


22 posted on 02/15/2013 1:53:15 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: mykroar

Obama would be able to fix this, but he’s busy with golf lessons.


23 posted on 02/15/2013 2:19:43 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: jiggyboy

Walmarts’s? The frozen pizzas or the refrigerated ones?


24 posted on 02/15/2013 2:28:11 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yep, divisions set their plans up based upon these predictions. Division level buyers prepare, and local level management all schedule their labor based upon this as well. It has huge implications for being this far off.


25 posted on 02/15/2013 2:28:16 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: mykroar

I’m in Retail, too - and our sales have been slower this month, but we’ve had some pretty horrific weather this winter, which is part of it. Oh, and people are losong jobs, losing homes and they’re broke.

As for Wal-Mart, I blame myself. I haven’t been to Wal-Mart in a month. Because...wait for it...

I’M BROKE!


26 posted on 02/15/2013 2:34:17 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Hattie

I agree about the quality of their produce. Plus I spend too much money when I shop at WM. Having so much under one roof makes it hard to stick to buying just the basic food items.


27 posted on 02/15/2013 2:37:03 PM PST by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: miliantnutcase

Spent some years in the biz and every month, every quarter, the general reaction out there at store level was “whoever made the sales projections must have been smoking crack!”


28 posted on 02/15/2013 2:37:51 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mykroar

how unexpected!

I am sure Obama will get right on this! (right after he gets back from his latest vacation and golfing trip)


29 posted on 02/15/2013 2:39:04 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Hattie

The produce at Walmart is often rotten or pretty close to it. I do some of my grocery shopping there and some at Target. Kroger can be overpriced...some items cost more than twice what they would elsewhere, so I buy only certain things from them. Boy, do I miss Harris Teeter.

The other day, I stopped at Walmart to pick up some hair color because Target was out. Walmart had the color I wanted, but I didn’t get it because the boxes were dented, beat-up, ragged, and some were half-opened.

The cosmetic section was in a similar condition. Nail polish bottles and lipsticks had been opened and the products smeared all over the fixtures.


30 posted on 02/15/2013 2:43:20 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: mykroar

they just built a new one by me so I stopped in to purchase some ammo,shelves empty, went to garden section to purchase holder for garden hose, nobody could find any in the whole store. Left and went to ace hardware to get hose hanger went home.


31 posted on 02/15/2013 2:45:04 PM PST by bikerman (Gun control does nothing to stop gun violence. But then, Washington specializes in the art of doing)
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To: mykroar

I bet Walmart sales have dropped because the roaring economy has sent everyone over to Bloomingdale’s,dahling!


32 posted on 02/15/2013 2:53:48 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: jiggyboy

Thanks.


33 posted on 02/15/2013 3:15:16 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Thanks for the info.


34 posted on 02/15/2013 3:16:03 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: american_ranger

Okay, thanks for the information.


35 posted on 02/15/2013 3:17:01 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: aomagrat
If they had any ammo in stock maybe their sales would have been higher.

LOL!! That's actually a really good, indisputable point.

36 posted on 02/15/2013 3:42:03 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The grocery chain I used to work for calculated their labor by “sales per man hour” and the more successful your store was somehow the less labor you got the next year...


37 posted on 02/15/2013 3:44:48 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: aomagrat
If they had any ammo in stock maybe their sales would have been higher.

I went in a few days ago and they were out of everything except shotgun shells. The weird this is they got in one ammo can of .223,

which was snatched up instantly, of course. Considering they didn't even have a 50 round carton of the stuff, it seemed strange.

38 posted on 02/15/2013 4:01:33 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: ansel12

Refrigerated. They have three or four kinds and I think three sizes. I think the prices range from like five bucks to maybe ten bucks.


39 posted on 02/15/2013 4:02:44 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: ansel12
Ah here we go, I should have thought about a picture before I posted earlier.


40 posted on 02/15/2013 4:05:43 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: miliantnutcase

That sounds like the logic of a department getting their budget cut if they don’t spend all of the previous year’s budget.


41 posted on 02/15/2013 4:29:08 PM PST by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.)
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To: jiggyboy

I’ll try that sometime, thanks.


42 posted on 02/15/2013 4:45:05 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: griswold3

LOL!!


43 posted on 02/15/2013 4:49:39 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Walmart is publicly traded and so, their figures are published. But it isn’t just Walmart. It is the locally-owned tire shop, the private practice veterinarian, the massage therapist, the manufacturer & vendor for the *recession-proof* sewing industry, the chiropractic supply and every other little business in America. YOY is about the same: s-l-o-w.


44 posted on 02/15/2013 5:01:14 PM PST by reformedliberal
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