Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. reported net sales for the four- week period ending Nov. 24, 2000, of $16.441 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent over the $15.023 billion in the similar period in the prior year. Sales for the 43-week period were $153.126 billion, an increase of 17.5 percent over the $130.319 billion in the similar period in the prior year.

SAM'S Club sales for the four-week period were $2.242 billion, up 5.5 percent over sales of $2.125 billion in the similar prior-year period. Club sales for the 43 weeks of $21.449 billion were up 8.0 percent over the $19.859 billion in the similar prior-year period.

Comparable sales for the periods ending Nov. 24, 2000, were as follows:

  4 Weeks   43 Weeks  
  This Year Last Year This Year Last Year
Wal-Mart 4.7% 6.4% 5.8% 8.1%
Sam's Club 3.1% 2.5% 5.6% 6.3%
Total Company 4.4% 5.6% 5.8% 7.7%

As of Nov. 30, 2000, the company had 1,722 Wal-Mart stores, 868 Supercenters, 472 Sam's Clubs and 15 Neighborhood Markets in the United States. Internationally, the company operated units in Argentina (11), Brazil (20), Canada (173), China (9), Germany (95), Korea (6), Mexico (492), Puerto Rico (15) and United Kingdom (241). Wal-Mart employs more than 885,000 associates in the U.S. and 255,000 internationally. Its securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges.