Wal-Mart Revisited

One again, Wal-Mart ranks #1 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations with total worldwide sales of $443.9 billion. That is more than the combined sales of Costco, Target, Walgreens, Sears, Kroger, Kohl’s and J.C. Penny.

During the same period, Wal-Mart’s sales in the U.S. (not including Sam’s Clubs) were $264 billion. The average Wal-Mart Supercenter had estimated annual sales of $87 million.

Although these results are impressive, it is difficult to comprehend such large numbers. Recalculating Wal-Mart’s results on a more familiar basis can provide a more useful benchmark.

How much does $264 billion equal when recalculated on a per capita basis?

A. $365
B. $564
C. $643
D. $855

D. $855
Wal-Mart’s U.S. sales of $264 billion (not including Sam’s) is equal to an estimated $855 for every man, woman and child in the United States or an average of $2,261 per household.

In addition, average annual sales of of $87 million per Supercenter is equal to almost $240,000 per day per Supercenter.

Source: Walmart Annual Report