Wal-Mart Stores 4Q Profit Beats Estimates But Same-Store Sales And Revenue Misses

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February 21, 2013 11:36 PM EST

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), the world’s largest retailer, reported fourth-quarter earnings up 8.6 percent, beating Wall Street expectations despite lower revenue than analysts were anticipating.

The Bentonville, Ark., company also boosted its fiscal 2014 full-year dividend 18 percent.

In its fiscal 2013 fourth-quarter, which ended Jan. 31, 2013, Wal-Mart earned $5.61 billion, or $1.67 per share, compared with $5.16 billion, or $1.51 per share, in the year-earlier period.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg News expected $1.57 per share, and Wal-Mart had forecast earnings per share for the three-month period of $1.53 to $1.58 per share.

Revenue rose 3.9 percent to $127.10 billion from $122.29 billion in the year-earlier period.

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