CHICAGO Feb 21 Wal-Mart Stores Inc
reported higher-than-expected global comparable sales on
Tuesday, helped by a rise in online sales and higher traffic at
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores.
Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 1.8 percent,
excluding fuel. Analysts polled by research firm Consesus Metrix
had forecast a rise of 1.3 percent.
Net income attributable to the world's largest retailer fell
to $3.76 billion, or $1.22 cents per share, in the fourth
quarter ended Jan. 31 from $4.57 billion, or $1.43 per share, a
year earlier. Excluding items, including the impact from
discontinued real estate projects and severance, earnings per
share stood at $1.30.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Chicago Editing by W Simon)