NEW JERSEY, USA - APRIL 18: Americans lined up to buy goods at supermarkets like Costco Wholesale and Walmart as fears over COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey, United States on April 18, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)NEW JERSEY, USA - APRIL 18: Americans lined up to buy goods at supermarkets like Costco Wholesale and Walmart as fears over COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey, United States on April 18, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, USA – APRIL 18: Americans lined up to buy goods at supermarkets like Costco Wholesale and Walmart as fears over COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey, United States on April 18, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Retail giant Walmart (WMT) reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, driven by a surge in e-commerce and higher traffic in stores as the coronavirus pandemic sparked massive purchases in household goods.” data-reactid=”23″>Retail giant Walmart (WMT) reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, driven by a surge in e-commerce and higher traffic in stores as the coronavirus pandemic sparked massive purchases in household goods.

Here were the main numbers compared to Bloomberg consensus forecasts:

  • Revenue: $134.6 billion vs. expectations of $132.48 billion

  • Adjusted EPS: $1.18 vs. expectations of $1.12

  • Walmart U.S. comp-store sales (excluding gas): 10% versus expectations of +8.6%

  • Walmart U.S. e-commerce sales: up 74%

As consumers stocked up on pantry staples and household products during widespread stay-at-home orders sparked by the COVID-19 crisis, the retail giant reaped the benefit in sales and revenue. Walmart’s stock, which closed up Monday at $127.75, soared by than 4% higher in the pre-market.

“Our omnichannel strategy, enabling customers to shop in seamless, flexible ways, is built for serving the needs of customers during this crisis and in the future,” CEO Doug McMillon said in the management commentary.

The closely-followed comparable stores sales number jumped 10%, as homebound customers made fewer but larger purchases. The average ticket size grew 16.5%, while the comparable transaction number declined 5.6%. 

“As a result of the health crisis and related stay-at-home mandates, customers consolidated store shopping trips with larger average baskets and shifted more purchases to eCommerce,” the retailer said in its commentary.

Walmart saw strong e-commerce growth, with sales growing 74% in the quarter, driven by its popular online grocery pickup and delivery service. At the end of the quarter, Walmart featured online grocery pickup at 3,300 stores and same-day delivery at 1,850 stores. The retailer also launched Express Delivery during the quarter. 

However, Walmart said it will discontinue Jet.com, which it acquired in September 2016 for $3 billion, because of strength of Walmart.com. Walmart added that the Jet.com acquisition was “critical to accelerating its omni strategy.”

Elsewhere, Walmart withdrew its guidance for fiscal 2021, citing “unprecedented variability” of the macro-environment due to COVID-19.

“The decision to withdraw guidance reflects significant uncertainty around several key external variables and their potential impact on our business and the global economy, including: the duration and intensity of the COVID-19 health crisis globally, the length and impact of stay-at-home orders, the scale and duration of economic stimulus, employment trends and consumer confidence,” CFO Brett Biggs said in a statement.

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