Walmart's net sales worldwide from 2006 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)

The timeline shows Walmart's net sales worldwide from 2006 to 2016. In 2013, Walmart's global net sales amounted to about 465.6 billion U.S. dollars.


Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton when he and his brother James “Bud” Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City in Rogers, Arkansas. Since then, Wal-Mart has grown to become the largest publicly-owned retail company in the world. In the United States, the company includes Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club warehouse membership clubs. The company also has many international operations. Wal-Mart is considered a variety store which focuses on low prices featuring apparel as well as hard goods, and has been committed to upholding their basic value of customer service.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Wal-Mart went to great lengths to increase their market share. They introduced a full line of groceries into their stores, diversified their market by appealing to certain ethnic groups through bilingual advertisements, and took steps to promote the awareness of environmental issues.

In the 2015 fiscal year, Wal-Mart operated over eleven thousand stores worldwide; with over 5 thousand of those stores located in the United States alone. Even though Wal-Mart has been criticized for their low wages, they claim to do a lot of good for lower income households. Figures show that a family can save about one thousand U.S. dollars a year with their ability to cut prices on some products, such as toys, by thirty percent in order to stimulate more sales.

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Fiscal yearBillion U.S. dollars
2006 308.95
2007 344.76
2008 373.82
2009 401.09
2010 404.74
2011 418.5
2012 443.42
2013 465.6
2014 473.08
2015 482.23
2016 478.61
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