Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Industry: Department Stores

Fortune Rank: 1

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates discount department stores, warehouse membership clubs and superstores. For the 6 months ended 7/31/05, revenues rose 10% to $149.2B. Net income rose 9% to $5.27B. Revenues reflect the results from expansion programs and an increase in same store sales. Net income was partially offset by an increase in cost of sales and higher selling, general, and administrative expenses.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The Company organizes its business into three principal segments: Wal-Mart Stores, SAM'S CLUB and International. The Wal-Mart Stores segment is the largest segment of Wal-Mart's business, accounting for 67.3% sales during the fiscal year ended January 31, 2005 (fiscal 2005). The segment consists of three different retail formats, all of which operate in the United States. The Company's SAM'S CLUB segment consists of membership warehouse clubs that operate in the United States, and accounts for 13% of fiscal 2005 sales. The international segment consists of retail operations in eight countries and Puerto Rico, and generated 19.7% of Wal-Mart's fiscal 2005 sales. In addition, the Company owns an unconsolidated minority interest of approximately 37% of The Seiyu, Ltd., a retailer in Japan.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was ranked number 1 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 1st largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. achieved revenue of $408,214.00 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $14,335.00 million.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 1st compared to 2nd in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $405,607 million (a change of 3 million compared to 2010) and profits of $13,400 million (a change of $1 million compared to 2009).

Another point of view

To many investors, profits are more important than the revenue a company earns. If the Fortune 500 was ranked by profits instead of revenue then Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. would be ranked 3rd rather than 1st due to its profits of $14,335 in 2010.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Revenue* Profit* Fortune Ranking

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