The second quarter numbers show that Walmart remains firmly on the front foot and is more than holding its own in a challenging and competitive retail market. It is particularly pleasing to see sales growth accelerate since Q1 -- a clear sign that the various initiatives and investments are paying dividends.
Admittedly, some of the growth numbers may seem small. The 3.3% uplift in Walmart's U.S. sales, for example, looks rather weak compared to the 17% increase in Amazon's retail sales over a similar timeframe. However, in monetary terms the gains are significant. Walmart US took $2.5 billion more than the same period last year. In this context, Walmart's performance compares favorably to Amazon, which added $3.5 billion to its retail sales line on a global basis.. . . more