Financial Health of Wal-Mart Case Study by Nicky

Financial Health of Wal-Mart
An analysis of Wal-Mart's operational, marketing and logistical strategies and financial performance.
# 128611 | 1,048 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 29, 2010 in Business (Companies)

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The paper analyzes Wal-Mart's financial performance relative to its competitors. The paper shows how Wal-Mart dominates the American mass merchandising industry, yet is facing significant challenges in further operating efficiencies delivering cost savings. The paper concludes that Wal-Mart's greatest competitive strength is its supply chain, and the need for generating higher levels of return on assets (ROA) and return on investment (ROI) to ensure long-term growth.

Wal-Mart Corporation Financial Condition Assessment Relative To Competitors

From the Paper:

"Wal-Mart is comprised of three operating segments including the Wal-Mart stores, Sam's Club and the International Stores. The typical Wal-Mart discount store as 50 departments or more and a few are offering groceries in addition to apparel, fabrics, stationery and books, shoes, house wares, hardware, electronics, home furnishings, small appliances, automotive accessories, gardening accessories, sporting goods, toys, and pet food. See Appendices 1, 2 and 3 for financial analysis of Wal-Mart. Appendix 1: Financial Analysis of Mass Merchandising Segment (2007 - 2008) provides an analysis of Wal-Mart relative to competitors on key financial ratios, Appendix 2: Wal-Mart Stores Financial Analysis 2004 - 2008 compares five years of financial performance for Wal-Mart on key ratios, and Appendix 3: Wal-Mart Revenue Analysis by Segment 2004 - 2008 analyzes the sources of revenue and operating income by business segment for the last five years."

Sample of Sources Used:

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