Thanks to rigorous cost-cutting, Duke managed to boost Wal-Mart's profits by 12.8% in the past year, despite continued declines in the retail Goliath's U.S. market share and same-store sales. International sales are growing faster (by 7% in constant currency terms in the second quarter of this year, versus negative 0.9% in the U.S.). Wal-Mart is expected to slash its prices to compete with dollar stores and other big-box retailers like Costco, which will squeeze margins.
He rescued the coffee chain. It had record financial results this year. Now the CEO is on a campaign to save the country from its politicians. Here's how he blends capitalism and activism.
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