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I know LanceMan is hanging around some now, so I'm sure he'll have additional comments. However, I think it is not really valid to compare different periods between competitors, and also your "year ago" period for WMT is shown as 2 years ago (also a no-no). You need to compare as close as possible the same time periods between WMT and KMart, etc, because otherwise seasonal and cyclical effects may affect the results (e.g. perhaps during the KMart period retail was slumping, but during the WMT period a slump either had just ended or was just about to start).

Interesting it is only 3rd tier. Retailers usually aren't first tier (due to, among other things, narrow margins), but I intuitively expected a category killer like WMT to be somewhere in the 2nd tier. The Cash King Margin shows they aren't Cash Kings...

1poorguy (no position in WMT)
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