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Walmart Q1 e-commerce sales surge 74% as company shuts down

  • May 19, 2020

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Walmart said that its first quarter e-commerce sales were up 74% due to grocery pickup and delivery and added that it is discontinuing, which was acquired in 2016.

The retail giant has fared well during the COVID-19 pandemic due to investments in digital transformation and the ability to ramp e-commerce operations. While expenses in the first quarter were higher, Walmart still delivered consolidated operating income of $5.2 billion, up 5.6% from a year ago. Walmart said its US e-commerce operations also curbed its losses.

Like Amazon, Walmart is one of the primary retail winners during the pandemic along with Target. Kohl’s reported earnings and sales dropped more than 40%

In the first quarter, Walmart reported earnings of $1.40 a share with adjusted earnings of $1.18 a share. Revenue for Walmart was $134.6 billion, up 8.6% from a year ago.

Wall Street was looking for adjusted earnings of $1.12 a share on revenue of $132.7 billion. Walmart pulled its outlook for fiscal 2021. COVID-19 expenses in the quarter were $900 million including bonuses for associates, the launch of Express Delivery and hiring 235,000 new workers. 

Core items in the quarter include:

  • Walmart launched Express Delivery in US to deliver goods in under 2 hours as well as utilized its ship from store option in more locations.
  • Same store sales were up 10% due to food, consumables and health and wellness.
  • E-commerce sales were up 74%.
  • will be shelved but Walmart said the “acquisition of nearly four years ago was critical to accelerating our omni strategy.”

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