Wal-Mart Stores misses 2Q earnings expectations, tops revenue forecasts

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $3.48 billion.

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On a per-share basis, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said it had profit of $1.08.

The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 per share.

The world's largest retailer posted revenue of $120.23 billion in the period, beating Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $120.06 billion.

Wal-Mart expects full-year earnings to be $4.40 to $4.70 per share.

Wal-Mart shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 2 percent. The stock has declined nearly 3 percent in the last 12 months.

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