How We Calculate Comparable Store Sales

Comparable store sales is a metric commonly referred to as "same-store" sales by others within the retail industry. The method of calculating comparable store sales may vary across the industry. As a result, our calculation of comparable store sales is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. For Walmart, comparable store sales include sales from stores and clubs open for the previous 12 months, including remodels, relocations and expansions. Changes in format are excluded from comparable store sales when the conversion is accompanied by a relocation or expansion that results in a change in square footage of more than five percent. Additionally, sales related to eCommerce acquisitions are excluded until such acquisitions have been owned for 12 months.

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