US retail titan Wal-Mart has reported an 8.7% increase in total company sales for November.

The company said sales for the four weeks to 26 November were US$23.5bn, compared to $21.7bn in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Sales at Wal-Mart stores in the US rose 6.6% to $15.7bn, while sales at Sam's Club increased 5.3% to $3.0bn. International sales leapt 18.8% to $4.8bn.

Total US comparable sales edged up 0.7%, including a 0.3% increase in comparable sales at Wal-Mart stores and a 2.9% increase at Sam's Club stores.

For the December five-week period, Wal-Mart said it expects comparable sales for the US to be up in the 1 to 3% range.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, operates throughout the US, as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Wal-Mart also owns approximately 37% of Japanese retailer Seiyu.