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Can Walmart’s Fiscal 4Q18 Results Raise Its Stock Higher?

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Can Walmart’s Fiscal 4Q18 Results Raise Its Stock Higher? PART 3 OF 6

Why Walmart’s Top Line Could Continue to Grow in Fiscal 4Q18

What analysts project

Walmart’s (WMT) focus on strengthening its e-commerce business and increasing store traffic has helped it report improved sales over the past several quarters. For fiscal 4Q18, analysts expect the company to report sales of $134.9 billion, a 3% rise YoY (year-over-year). Analysts expect strong sales in the US segment to drive Walmart’s top-line growth. Stellar growth in its digital business could further support its top-line performance.

Why Walmart’s Top Line Could Continue to Grow in Fiscal 4Q18

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What’s fueling Walmart’s sales growth?

Walmart’s top line is expected to gain from increased store traffic, driven by value pricing. It continues to invest in price in order to drive store traffic amid heightened competition from deep discounters and Amazon’s (AMZN) expansion into the grocery space with its Whole Foods acquisition.

Walmart’s focus on fresh offerings through supply-chain reinvention and the expansion of its online grocery pickup services could further support its top-line growth rate. Fast delivery of online orders and a focus on merchandising, store remodeling, and multichannel offerings could support its top-line growth rate.

In comparison, analysts expect Target’s (TGT) fiscal 4Q18 sales to improve on a YoY basis, driven by the strong performance of its e-commerce business and continued growth in its exclusive Only-at-Target brands.

Analysts expect Costco’s (COST) top line to continue to grow at a healthy rate due to its industry-leading comps (comparables), driven by price investments, expanded offerings, and increased membership fee income.

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