In a statement released on Saturday (1 April), US retail giant Wal-Mart said that March sales figures showed the negative impact of a late Easter.

Reporting a sales growth of 1.3% over March 2005 in stores that have been trading a year or more, the world’s biggest retailer said that with Easter three weeks later than the previous year the company is expecting better sales results in April.

The official definitive March trading figures will be released on Thursday (6 April).