Walmart to close 269 stores in U.S., South America

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Walmart is hidden 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market-place.

The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the com ny’s 11,000 values worldwide and less than one per cent of its global revenue.

More than 95 per cent of the stores set to be tight in the U.S. are within 16 kilometres of another Walmart. The Bentonville, Ark., com ny said it is labour to ensure that workers are placed in nearby locations.

Walmart Canada recounted CBC it’s not planning to close any of its Canadian stores.

The store closures will start at the end of the month.

The advert comes three months after Walmart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon mounded investors that the world’s largest retailer would review its armada of stores with the goal of becoming more nimble in the face of prolonged competition from all fronts, including from online rival Amazon.com.

“Actively carry out our portfolio of assets is essential to maintaining a healthy business,” McMillon bid in a statement. “Closing stores is never an easy decision. But it is needful to keep the com ny strong and positioned for the future.”

Walmart operates 4,500 funds in the U.S. Its global workforce is 2.2 million, 1.4 million in the U.S. alone.

Walmart has apprised that its earnings for the fiscal year starting next month make be down as much as 12 per cent as it invests further in online operations and flows money into improving customers’ experience.

Of the closures announced Friday, 154 spots will be in the U.S., including the com ny’s 102 smallest-format stores called Walmart Rapid, which were opened as a test in 2011.

Walmart Express marked the retailer’s firstly entry into the convenience store arena. The stores are about 12,000 tense meet feet and sell essentials like tooth ste. But the concept never bewitched on as the stores served the same purpose as Walmart’s larger Neighborhood Calls: fill-in trips and prescription pickups.

Also covered in the closures are 23 Neighborhood Deal ins, 12 supercentres, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount stocks and four Sam’s Clubs.

Walmart will now focus in the U.S. on supercentres, Neighborhood Exchanges, the e-commerce business and pickup services for shoppers.

The retailer is closing 60 loss-making layings in Brazil, which account for five per cent of sales in that market-place. Walmart, which operated 558 stores in Brazil before the closures, has struggled as the saving there has soured. Its Every Day Low price strategy has also not been clever to break against heavy promotions from key rivals.

The remaining 55 hoards are spread elsewhere in Latin America.

Walmart said that it’s motionless sticking to its plan announced last year to open 50 to 60 supercentres, 85 to 95 Neighborhood Superstores and seven to 10 Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. during the fiscal year that founds Feb. 1. Outside the U.S., Walmart plans to open 200 to 240 hoards.

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