Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is betting on career insider Doug McMillon, who learned the business from founder Sam Walton, to revive a company struggling with slowing growth at home and in the international regions he oversaw.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, cut its annual profit forecast for the second time since August as the discount chain struggles to prevent economically challenged customers from taking their business to dollar stores and other rivals.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index capped its longest slump of the year as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told suppliers it was cutting orders, fueling concern consumer spending is slowing. Oil slid for a fifth day, while Treasuries rose as investors watched budget negotiations in Washington.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, already struggling to woo shoppers constrained by higher taxes, is “getting worse” at keeping shelves stocked, the retailer’s U.S. chief told executives, according to minutes of an officers’ meeting obtained by Bloomberg News.