The largest department store group globally, Walmart, saw a 2.6% increase in quarterly turnover, however, its profit forecast for this year has been lowered due to e-commerce investments.
The group has made $120.1bn (€89.8bn) second quarter turnover, which is $3.3bn in excess of what it made for the same period during last year. Its quarterly profit increased by 0.6% to reach $4.1bn, but the like-for-like sales remained constant.
Walmart has decreased its forecast for profits for the rest of the year. It was expecting a $5.10 to $5.45 profit per share, but has decreased its forecast to $4.90 to $5.15 per share.
The company that operates out of Bentonville in Arkansas has offered three main reasons for this decline in profit. Its employee health care costs have increased; it placed massive investment into expanding its e-commerce offerings and an increased tax rate.
The focus on e-commerce comes as no surprise. Based on equal exchange rates, its internet sales increased by 24% during the last quarter and it experienced double-digit sales growths in Brazil, China, the UK, and the US.