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2. Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 1)
Compare tool: Wal-Mart Stores vs. Top 10
CEO: Michael T. Duke
Address: 702 S.W. Eighth St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
Phone: 479-273-4000
Website: www.walmartstores.com
Wal-Mart may have fallen to second place, but shareholders surely don't mind: Last year Wal-Mart boasted the seventh-best one-year stock return of any Fortune 500 company: 19.99%. (Dollar Tree had the highest return: 60.8%.) With credit-crunched consumers looking for bargains, Wal-Mart has emerged as a rare recession-buster -- consistently growing same-store sales at the expense of Target and other higher-priced rivals.

The biggest threat to Wal-Mart comes not from the economy or other retailers but from Congress: The union-backed "card check" bill, if passed, could lead to rapid unionization of Wal-Mart stores. - J.B.

  $ millions % change from 2007
Revenues 405,607.0 7.1
Profits 13,400.0 5.3
Assets 163,429.0
Stockholders' equity 65,285.0
Market value (3/27/2009) 205,817.8
Profits as % of  
Revenues 3.3
Assets 8.2
Stockholders' equity 20.5
Earnings per share  
2008 $ 3.39
% change from 2007 8.3
1998-2008 annual growth rate % 13.1
Total return to investors %
2008 20.0
1998-2008 annual rate 4.2
Rank Company 500
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Wal-Mart Stores 2 405,607.0
2 Target 28 64,948.0
3 Sears Holdings 49 46,770.0
4 Macy's 96 24,892.0
5 J.C. Penney 139 18,486.0
6 Kohl's 155 16,389.0
7 Dollar General 259 10,457.7
8 Nordstrom 301 8,573.0
9 Dillard's 358 6,988.4
10 Family Dollar Stores 359 6,983.6
11 Bon-Ton Stores 654 3,225.4
12 Saks 677 3,082.0
13 Retail Ventures 930 1,885.0
Issue date: May 4, 2009
Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009.
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