Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. reported net sales for the four week period ended October 27, 2000, of $14,320,000,000, an increase of 10.1% from the $13,002,000,000 in the similar period in the prior year. Sales for the thirty-nine week period were $136,685,000,000, an increase of 18.6% from the $115,296,000,000 in the similar period in the prior year.

Sam's Club sales for the four week period were $2,000,000,000, up 9.5% from sales of $1,826,000,000 in the similar prior year period. Club sales for the thirty-nine weeks of $19,207,000,000, were up 8.3% from the $17,734,000,000 in the similar prior year period.

Comparable sales for the periods ended October 27, 2000, were as follows:

  4 Weeks   39 Weeks    
  This Year Last Year This Year Last Year  
Wal-Mart 4.5% 6.5% 6.0% 8.3%  
Sam's Club 6.8% 4.9% 5.9% 6.8%  
Total Company 4.9% 6.2% 6.0% 8.0%  

Our third quarter earnings release is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th. A pre- recorded call offering additional comments on the quarter will be available to all investors for approximately 36 hours from the time of the release. You may listen to this call by dialing 402-220-3103 after the earnings release appears on the newswire. If this number is busy, you may dial 973-633-1010.

As of October 31, 2000, the Company had 1723 Wal-Mart stores, 866 Supercenters, 469 Sam's Clubs and 15 Neighborhood Markets in the United States. Internationally, the Company operated units in Argentina (11), Brazil (18), Canada (169), China (8), Germany (95), Korea (6), Mexico (483), Puerto Rico (15) and United Kingdom (240). 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.