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Andrea Felsted

Walmart Just Signaled the End of the Big-Box Bloodbath

The world’s biggest retailer won’t see its earnings decline as much as it thought. That’s more good news for the US economy on top of slowing inflation.

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The worst may be over for the big-box bloodbath.

On Tuesday, Walmart Inc. forecast that its earnings this year wouldn’t decline as much as it expected three weeks ago when it issued a profit warning. The Home Depot Inc. also reported record quarterly sales and profit, and maintained its guidance for the rest of its fiscal year.