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Walmart Stocks Decline in the Wake of Upbeat Sales and Cautious Outlook
// 16 NOV - Branson Tiong
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Despite continued consumer demand at Walmart (WMT), America's largest retailer sounds a note of caution regarding the uncertain future shaped by an unpredictable macroeconomic landscape.

Revenue Uplift amidst Falling Stocks

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Walmart's Q3 earnings results revealed a revenue total of $160.8 billion, an impressive 5.2% increase from the previous year and outdoing expectations of $159.13 billion.

In addition, the company saw US same-store sales rise by 4.7%, surpassing the expected 3.35%. Albeit these impressive figures, Walmart’s stocks shifted down by 7%.

Earnings Beat Yet Conservative Guidance

Walmart’s adjusted earnings per share came in $0.01 higher than estimates, recording at $1.53 versus the estimated $1.52.

However, despite the earnings beat, Walmart is maintaining a cautious outlook for the remainder of the year. Full-year earnings per share predictions were raised slightly but still fell short, contributing to a 7% share drop.

Ongoing Market Volatility Comes into Play

Walmart is reporting a higher degree of market variability particularly during holiday events in the U.S. It recorded a slump in the later half of October, prompting a cautious approach for the retail giant.

According to CFO John Rainey, sales figures are anticipated to slowdown in Q4 due to an ease in inflation in grocery prices.

Important Drivers for Sales Growth

Driving Walmart's sales growth were key segments like e-commerce, grocery, and pharmacy.

US e-commerce sales experienced a 24% leap, largely attributed to a boost in pickup and delivery orders. Despite consumer wallets being squeezed by ongoing inflation and other factors, the grocery department sustained strong performance with mid-single digit growth.

Coping with Shifting Consumer Demand

Despite the noticeable low-single-digit growth in general merchandise sales, CEO Doug McMillon cited that Walmart is encouraged by consistent traffic and transaction counts throughout the quarter.

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As a strategy to counteract shifts in consumer spending, Walmart recently initiated a $9 billion store improvement plan, with changes in wages also forming a part of the company's strategy to adjust to the unsettled macroeconomic environment.

Conclusion

Despite recording an uplift in Q3 earnings and revenues, an uncertain macroeconomic backdrop and wavering consumer spending have led to an unexpected dip in Walmart's stock.

The scenario elucidates the need for investors and stakeholders to observe the market through a much broader lens, beyond mere revenue figures. As always, as the world's largest retailer, we can anticipate strategic maneuvers from Walmart to weather these challenging times.

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Branson Tiong

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