Grocery boosts Walmart sales, but profits fall on inflation in Q2

By: Trademagazin editor Date: 2022. 08. 16. 10:18

Walmart posted a better-than-expected performance for the second quarter, with companywide revenue and earnings beating analyst estimates.

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Market share gains in food categories, “strong” private label sales and higher-than-average tickets drove the retailer’s U.S. comp sales increase of 6.5%, per an earnings presentation. Its U.S. grocery sales increased in the high-teens on a two-year stack.

For its U.S. business, net sales rose by 7.1%, to $105.1 billion, while operating income fell 6.7%. Executives attributed lower operating profits and margins on markdowns and a higher share of grocery products in the retailer’s sales mix.

In Walmart’s U.S. business, average ticket size was up 5.5%, driving the lion’s share of the retailer’s comp sales growth — though, notably, transactions did also grow by 1%. Inflation has also driven more middle and higher income shoppers to Walmart and its low-price proposition. At the same time, higher prices across the economy have, as is well known now, shifted what consumers are buying. That has created both opportunities and pain for Walmart.

Being a major food and consumables retailer, Walmart has been capturing market share in those categories, McMillon said on the call. Comp sales in food went through growth rates in the mid-teens in Q2.

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