Walmart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said Thursday it posted income from continuing operations of $17 billion in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, up 7.8 percent from the comparable prior period, thanks to higher sales and lower financing costs.
Revenues totaled $466.1 billion in fiscal 2013, up 5 percent over fiscal 2012, the company said.
“Walmart topped off a really good year with a solid fourth quarter, and I’m proud of what we accomplished as a team,” Walmart Stores, Inc. president and CEO Mike Duke said.
The giant retailer earned $5.02 per share in fiscal 2013, up 10.6 percent from the $4.54 it earned in the previous fiscal year.
“Every day, our associates around the world deliver on our mission to help customers save money so they can live better. Together, we added $22 billion in sales to top $466 billion. Walmart U.S. was a key driver of our 5 percent net sales increase,” Duke said.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart had income from continuing operations of $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter, a figure that was up 7.9 percent.
“We have high expectations for fiscal 2014, and I’m optimistic as I look ahead,” Duke said. “Walmart is operating in markets that offer continued opportunity for growth, both in our stores and online. With our core Walmart U.S. business operating so well, our investments in e-commerce and our international markets focused on growth and improving returns, we are truly the best positioned global retailer.”
Wall Street analysts had been anxiously awaiting the retailer’s results following a leak of internal Walmart e-mails last week in which one high-level executive described the company’s February month-to-date sales as “a total disaster.”
“For fiscal 2014, we expect EPS to range between $5.20 and $5.40, which includes increased fiscal 2014 costs of around $0.09 per share for our e-commerce operations. We are excited about the opportunities these investments will provide,” chief financial officer Charles Holley said.
Shares of Walmart, a Dow Jones industrial average component, were trading up $1.16, or 1.68 percent, at $70.33 near the close on the New York Stock Exchange.