The Ratings Game: Walmart’s focus on lower prices, e-commerce pays off as costs rise and tariffs loom

Walmart Inc.’s latest results show that its heavy investment in low-price strategies and digital are paying off, analysts say.

Walmart WMT, -1.96% reported U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4%, and 6.1% growth on a two-year stack. E-commerce sales grew 43%. Overall sales of $124.9 billion missed the FactSet consensus for $125.38 billion, but adjusted earnings per share of $1.08 beat FactSet’s guidance for $1.02.

Walmart’s focus on “everyday low prices” is coming up against the tariff threat, which the company has spoken out against.

On an early Thursday call with the media, Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said it’s actively working with merchants and others in preparation for the potential negative impact of tariffs.

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