Wal-Mart Stores has confirmed it plans to expand its cash-and-carry network in India by the end of the year.

A spokesperson for the retail giant said its Bharti Wal-Mart venture would open between three and seven more stores by the end of the year. It has 17 cash-and-carries in India at present.

Bharti Wal-Mart saw its sales reportedly double in 2011 although its losses increased.