BENTONVILLE, Ark. July 25, 2022 — Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) provided a business update today and revised its outlook for profit for the second-quarter and full-year, primarily due to pricing actions aimed to improve inventory levels at Walmart and Sam’s Club in the U.S. and mix of sales.
Comp sales for Walmart U.S., excluding fuel, are expected to be about 6% for the second quarter. This is higher than previously expected with a heavier mix of food and consumables, which is negatively affecting gross margin rate. Food inflation is double digits and higher than at the end of Q1. This is affecting customers’ ability to spend on general merchandise categories and requiring more markdowns to move through the inventory, particularly apparel. During the quarter, the company made progress reducing inventory, managing prices to reflect certain supply chain costs and inflation, and reducing storage costs associated with a backlog of shipping containers. Customers are choosing Walmart to save money during this inflationary period, and this is reflected in the company’s continued market share gains in grocery.
“The increasing levels of food and fuel inflation are affecting how customers spend, and while we’ve made good progress clearing hardline categories, apparel in Walmart U.S. is requiring more markdown dollars. We’re now anticipating more pressure on general merchandise in the back half; however, we’re encouraged by the start we’re seeing on school supplies in Walmart U.S.” said Doug McMillon, Walmart Inc. president and chief executive officer.
Based on the current environment and the company’s outlook for the remainder of the year, it is providing the following updates to its guidance.
The company’s updated guidance includes the effects of the following discrete items in the second quarter:
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1The company completed the sale of its operations in the U.K. and Japan in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
2Growth rates reflect an adjusted basis for prior year results, which excludes business restructuring charges in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.
3Based on current foreign exchange translation rates, operating income includes estimated negative impacts of about $60 million and $100 million for the second quarter and fiscal 2023, respectively.
4Growth rates reflect an adjusted basis for prior year results, which exclude gains and losses on the Company’s equity investments, business restructuring charges, loss on extinguishment of debt recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2022 and the incremental loss on the sale of the Company’s operations in the U.K. and Japan recorded during the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
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