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Walmart raises outlook after boost in grocery, e-commerce sales

Walmart on Thursday raised its sales and profit outlook for the year saying consumer spending has “remained resilient” after seeing a boost in its grocery and e-commerce business. 

“We continue to gain market share in the grocery category, including with higher income and younger shoppers,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told analysts on the company’s first-quarter earnings call Thursday. 

During the three-month period ending in April, the nation’s largest retailer noticed a shift in U.S. sales mix from general merchandise to grocery and health and wellness as consumers prioritize purchases in the face of persisting inflation.  

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Meanwhile, the company also saw strong growth in e-commerce, which rose 27% in the U.S. Globally, e-commerce sales rose 26%, up from 17% in the previous quarter.

McMillon said the higher mix of sales in the food and consumables categories negatively affected gross profit due to the fact that both categories have a lower margin than general merchandise.

Florida shoppers at a grocery store

Florida, Miami Beach, Walmart, produce and prepackaged salads.  ((Photo by: Jeff Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Still, its operating profit grew 17.3% during the period. Revenue for the quarter rose 7.6% to $152.3 billion, topping estimates. 

Walmart now expects that consolidated net sales will be up 3.5%, higher than the previous guidance of 2.5% to 3%. The retailer also projects that per-share results for the year will be $6.10 to $6.20, up from the previous range of $5.90 to $6.05.

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Meanwhile, rival retailer Target reported another quarterly profit decline on Wednesday. Its first-quarter net income slipped nearly 6% to $950 million, or $2.05 per share, for the three-month period ended April 29. 

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A customer pushes a shopping cart outside a Target store in Hyattsville, Maryland, US, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Target Corp. is expected to release earnings figures on November 16.  (Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
WMT WALMART INC. 147.63 -0.68 -0.46%
TGT TARGET CORP. 143.10 -4.05 -2.75%
HD THE HOME DEPOT INC. 291.05 -3.87 -1.31%

Sales rose 0.6% to $25.32 billion in the quarter, up from $25.17 billion in the year-ago quarter. 

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Home Depot, the nation’s largest home improvement retailer, reported that its sales for the quarter slipped, down 4.2%, as its DIY and pro shoppers become more cautious. 

It expects its first annual revenue decline since 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.