Walmart's Future Is Looking Dim

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) was once the dominant company in retail, but those days are long over. Same-store sales are falling in the U.S., and international expansion has been a disaster. What's worse is that competitors are now outperforming the company, showing that other retail strategies are winning over Wal-Mart's low prices.

Before its own data breach issues, Target's same-store sales were up last year, outperforming its larger rival. A focus on design rather than just price is drawing higher-end customers who have cash to spend. 

But Amazon.com is the 800-pound gorilla taking share that's significant now that it has $78 billion in annual sales. Clearly, online retail is taking over, and Wal-Mart can't keep up. 

Motley Fool specialist Travis Hoium covers Wal-Mart's troubles and why investors should be cautious with the stock. 

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  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 10:21 AM, jasperpolly wrote:

    You really want to see very Dim version of a fail come here to Cottonwood AZ. I am a 48 year old veteran and I do not shop or have not shopped for any kind of food Item at this Walmart in over 3 years the very last time I grabbed three different fresh veggies(ha)Food I first grabbed some Apples they were rotted so then I grabbed another the same so then I moved on to the Potatoes they were rotten as well I then went and grabbed a bag of oranges they were dry and rotted so by then I am pissed off after handling the mushy potatoes and my fingers stunk until I could wash them............ them another time before that I bought a thing of sealed baby back ribs they were rotting and had a smell of a dead corps and I took it back and grabbed another I took it home opened it and it was as bad if not worse took it back and now ``F`` wally world I shop at Fry`s and Safeway and to top it off Walmart has the worst selection of Inventory I have ever seen do you here me! WALLY WORLD huh? Cottowood, AZ. 86326 store has low sales because its a hand me down step child of a basterd store if you do not believe me then shop there if you dare......................

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