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1. Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 1)
Compare tool: Wal-Mart Stores vs. Top 10
CEO: H. Lee Scott Jr.
Address: 702 S.W. Eighth St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
Phone: 479-273-4000
A facelift and even lower prices kept the world's largest retailer afloat in a troubled economy.

Staring down the barrel of brutal fourth-quarter retail forecasts, CEO Lee Scott dramatically cut prices on 15,000 items - including popular toys and electronics - by 20% more than usual to lure holiday shoppers. That rocked the industry, pressuring other retailers to squeeze already tight margins.

The tactic worked: Wal-Mart grossed $100 billion, breaking its fourth-quarter sales record, and soundly beat Target in same-store holiday sales for the first time in nearly a decade. --Christopher Tkaczyk and David Goldman

Revenues 378,799.0 7.9
Profits 12,731.0 12.8
Assets 163,514.0
Stockholders' equity 64,608.0
Market value (3/28/2008) 208,730.6
Revenues 3.4
Assets 7.8
Stockholders' equity 19.7
2007 $ 3.13
% change from 2006 15.5
1997-2007 annual growth rate % 14.9
2007 4.7
1997-2007 annual rate 10.1
1 Wal-Mart Stores 1 378,799.0
2 Target 31 63,367.0
3 Sears Holdings 45 50,703.0
4 Macy's 91 26,340.0
5 J.C. Penney 126 19,860.0
6 Kohl's 152 16,473.7
7 Dollar General 274 9,495.2
8 Nordstrom 299 8,828.0
9 Dillard's 338 7,370.8
10 Family Dollar Stores 358 6,834.3
11 Belk 570 3,824.8
12 Bon-Ton Stores 603 3,467.7
13 Saks 625 3,282.6
14 Retail Ventures 667 3,044.6
From the May 5, 2008 issue
Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008.
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