America’s grocery market: Dining out on Walmart’s lunch

Posted: May 19, 2015 in economy
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America's grocery market

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Walmart's results show that life is still rough for retailers in America

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ON MAY 19th, Walmart, America’s and the world’s biggest retailer, unveiled its first-quarter results. Analysts had been expecting another dip in profits, but the retail giant's performance was even worse than they had thought. Operating profits at Walmart dropped 8.3% to $5.7bn in the three months to the end of April, while sales also dropped 0.1%. That did not please investors: the firm's shares fell 4% in morning trading.

And although Target, one of Walmart’s rivals, is expected to reveal better figures on May 20th, these are still difficult times for American grocers. Last week the Census Bureau reported that retail sales in April were flat. Fears of a economic slowdown, and small pay rises for low- and medium-income households, have all contributed to the rough time supermarket …<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>

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