WAL-MART – COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
Introduction to Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is an American public corporation that runs a chain of department stores. These departmental stores offer a large discount on their products. It is the world’s largest public corporation by revenue. This organization was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton and is based in Bentonville it is the largest private employer in the world and also the largest grocery retailer as well as the largest toy seller in the United States.
Wal-Mart Stores operates retail stores in various cities of the United States and also internationally. It has three segments: The Wal-Mart Stores, The SAM'S CLUB, and International business. The Wal-Mart Stores segment includes Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets in the United States, as well as Walmart.com. It offers apparel for women, girls, men, boys, hardware; electronics; home furnishings; small appliances; automotive accessories; sporting goods; toys; pet food and accessories; cameras and supplies; health and beauty products, pharmaceuticals as well as photo processing services. The Neighborhood Markets include dry grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, photo processing, health and beauty products, household chemicals, paper goods, general merchandise, and pet supplies departments. The SAM'S CLUB segment comprises the warehouse membership clubs in the United States and samsclub.com. It offers hard goods, softwoods, software, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, tires, stationery and books, and institutional-size grocery items. As of July 31, 2005, Wal-Mart operated 1,276 Wal-Mart stores, 1,838 Supercenter, 92 Neighborhood Markets, and 556 SAM's Clubs in all the 50 states in the United States. The International segment operates various retail formats in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. This segment operated...