Wal-Mart Fiscal Year 2011

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1. Identify and explain the main sections of the annual report. The company that I chose to analyze is Wal-Mart. The main sections of the annual report consist of revenue, balance sheet, and cash flows. Over the past year, Wal-Mart had a 2.19% price range over the last 100 days, and a 52 week high/low of 77.15-57.36. Their net sales were increased over the last year by 5.9%, leaving their net sales at $443,854,000.

2. Discuss the key factors that influenced the company’s financial performance during the year. During the fiscal year 2011-2012, Wal-Mart opened 612 new stores through organic growth. They continue to add stores worldwide. Given their current goal, they offer an everyday low price guarantee, which intrigues shoppers to dwell in their stores more often. Rarely is there a customer who walks out of Wal-Mart empty handed. They continue to keep their focus on customer satisfaction through their low pricing, which helps the shopper buy more frequently from their stores. During this hard economic time, their prices are one of their foundations for success. With their solid price match guarantee, they will beat any competitor ad or coupon in pricing. They make this simple and appealing to the consumer, even allowing such guarantees to be used on busy shopping days, such as black Friday. Wal-Mart has also started opening more Neighborhood Markets, stores that are designated for grocery items only. This takes the busy shopping trip out of the regular Wal-Mart’s and initially attracts customers from other supermarkets who tried to avoid the busy crowds.

3. Discuss the primary assets held by the company.
There are several primary assets held by Wal-Mart. Their absolute primary asset is their Supercenter. They offer the same variety as other Wal-Mart’s, and also have a full service supermarket. This gives the customer the convenience of shopping for everyday low price items grocery and non-grocery. Their next top asset is the Wal-Mart...
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