Walmart’s US sales, excluding fuel, are expected to be around 6% for the second quarter. This is higher than previously expected with a heavier mix of food and consumables, negatively impacting the gross margin ratio. Food price inflation is double and higher than at the end of the first quarter. This affects customers’ ability to spend on general merchandise categories and requires more check-outs to move through inventory, especially clothing. During the quarter, the company made progress in reducing inventory, managing pricing to reflect certain supply chain costs and inflation, and reducing warehousing costs associated with the backlog of shipping containers. Customers are choosing Walmart to save money during this inflationary period, and this is reflected in the company’s continued market gains in groceries.
“Increasing levels of food and fuel inflation are affecting how customers spend, and while we’ve made good progress in clearing hawkish categories, US Walmart apparel requires more sales dollars. We now expect more pressure on general merchandise in the back half; said Doug McMillon, president and managing director. Walmart Inc. Executive.
Based on the current environment and the company’s outlook for the remainder of the year, it provides the following updates to its guidance.
- Consolidated net sales growth for the second quarter and full year is expected to be around 7.5% and 4.5%, respectively. Except for abstractions1Full-year consolidated net sales growth is expected to be around 5.5%.
- Net sales include currency headwinds of about $1 billion in the second quarter. Based on current exchange rates, the company expects headwinds of $1.8 billion in the second half of the year.
- The company maintains its forecast for US Walmart sales growth, excluding fuel, of about 3% in the back half of the year.
- Operating income for the second quarter and full year2,3 It is expected to decrease by 13-14% and 11-13%, respectively. Except for abstractions1Operating income for the full year2 It is expected to decrease by 10 to 12%.
- Adjusted earnings per share4 For the second quarter and the full year it is expected to decline around 8 to 9% and 11 to 13%, respectively. Except for abstractions1adjusted earnings per share4 For the full year it is expected to decline by 10 to 12%.
The company’s updated guidance includes the effects of the following separate items in the second quarter:
- Proceeds from Walmart Chile’s insurance settlement, which positively impacts operating income of $173 million and adjusted earnings per share of $0.05
- Proprietary dividend income received by the Company in connection with its equity investment in JD.com, which favorably affects other gains and losses of $182 million and adjusted earnings per share of $0.05
- The company will provide more details about business performance and its outlook for the year when it announces second-quarter results on August 16, 2022.
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1The company completed the sale of its UK and Japanese operations in the first quarter of the 2022 financial year.
2Growth rates primarily reflect an adjusted prior year result, which excludes business restructuring charges in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.
3Based on current foreign exchange rates, operating income includes negative impacts estimated at approximately $60 million and $100 million for the second quarter and fiscal year 2023, respectively.
4The growth rates primarily reflect an adjusted prior year result, which excludes gains and losses from the company’s equity investments, business restructuring fees, loss on debt amortization recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2022 and the incremental loss from the sale of the company’s operations. in the United Kingdom and Japan during the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
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