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WALMART INC. 2 Walmart Inc. Background Fortunate 500 lists Walmart Inc. at the top of the list after finding its strides in the fight against the famous Amazon. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was established or incorporated on 31 st October 1969 (Banerjee, 2018). Notably, Walmart provides goods and services at daily low prices. It operates about 12000 stores under fifty-nine banners in twenty-eight countries and other commerce websites across the globe. The company operates in the retailing sector of General Merchandiser's industry. The current CEO is C. Douglas McMillon who is also the President and Director. The company headquarter is located in Bentonville, Ark. It is also worthy of mentioning that Walmart has an employment capacity of approximately 2500000 employees. The company has been on the Fortune 500 List for the last twenty-five years with gradual improvement in performance until it came at the top of the list recently (Banerjee, 2018). Furthermore, the company runs three segments, namely Walmart US, Walmart International, and Sam's Club. The Sam's Club comprises the warehouse membership clubs in the US and the on the other hand, Walmart US consists of the mass Merchandise concept under the Walmart Brand in the US as well as the digital retail, and it includes units such as supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets and other small store formats. Lastly, the Walmart international entails the company's operations outside the US as well as different retail websites, and they include units such as supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, and warehouse club. Walmart’s Operating Results Operating results emanate from the core business activities of the company. The core operating results of Walmart Inc. are operating income, and operating cash flow.
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WALMART INC. 3 The table below indicates the operating results of the company (2016-2019) as shown on Operating Result/Period ending Jan 31 2019 Jan 31 2018 Jan 31 2017 Jan 31 2016 Operating Income (million U.S $) 21,957 20,437 22,764 24,105 Operating Cash flow (million U.S $) 27,753 28,337 31,673 27,552 Operating income is obtained from the difference between the gross profit and overhead expenses. Such expenses include depreciation, marketing and general and administrative costs. From the figures in the table above, operating income has been depreciating gradually over the last three years, with the worst statistics recorded in the period ending 31st January 2018. The reduction in the operating income can be attributed to an increase in labor costs such as a rise in minimum wage and costs of inputs such as an increase in prices of materials and fuel.
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