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Walmart Tops Views, Raises Outlook As E-Commerce and Grocery Sales Drive Growth

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Walmart raised its full-year outlook Tuesday after cruising past first-quarter earnings expectations. The big-box retailer benefited from a strong e-commerce performance and robust grocery sales.

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Adjusted earnings for the quarter came in at $1.69 a share, CNBC reported, which topped consensus analyst estimates of $1.21. Walmart posted overall revenue of $138.31 billion vs. estimates of $131.97 billion. The company’s stock price climbed more than 4% in pre-market trading Tuesday.

In a statement on Walmart’s Q1 earnings release, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the company is particularly upbeat now that more consumers are returning to pre-pandemic shopping patterns.

“Every segment performed well, and we’re encouraged by traffic and grocery market share trends,” McMillon said. “Our optimism is higher than it was at the beginning of the year. In the U.S., customers clearly want to get out and shop.”

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Here are some of the key takeaways from the quarter:

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Walmart officials are expected to update progress on the company’s Walmart+ subscription service in later comments, CNBC reported on Monday. The service launched in September, but Walmart has yet to share subscriber numbers. The subscription plan is considered an important piece of Walmart’s growth as the retailer tries to ward off competition from Amazon Prime.

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