Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats in the United States and internationally. It has two segments: The Wal-Mart Stores and The SAM’S CLUB. The Wal-Mart Stores segment includes Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets in the United States, as well as Walmart.com. As of July 31, 2005, Wal-Mart operated 1,276 Wal-Mart stores, 1,838 Supercenter, 92 Neighborhood Markets, and 556 SAM’s Clubs in 50 states in the United States. The company operates various retail formats in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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Phone: 479-273-4000
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Wal-Mart bias case to go to trial

Wal-Mart will face a lawsuit claiming pay discrimination against more than a million female US employees after a court approved the action.

A federal appeals court upheld a 2004 ruling giving the lawsuit class action status, sanctioning claims from up to 1.5 million current and former staff

Wal-Mart must pay workers $78m

The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has been ordered to pay at least $78m (£42m) in compensation to workers who were forced to work during breaks.

A jury in a Pennsylvania court decided that Wal-Mart broke a state law by refusing to pay staff for the extra work they did.

The class action was brought by about 187,000 staff who worked for Wal-Mart between March 1997 and May 2006

Sweden Blacklists Wal-Mart Stock Over Ethics

The world’s largest company is suffering yet another blow to its global reputation as Sweden follows Norway in blacklisting Wal-Mart stock from the portfolio of a national pension fund, citing persistent human rights violations.

Sweden blacklists “Mall-Wart” stock

The Swedish Second National Pension Fund has announced that it has sold its SEK 300m (USD 40.7m) stake in Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Mexico

Wal-Mart bank application probed

Public hearings into Wal-Mart’s proposed application for a US banking licence have begun in Virginia.

Its plan for an in-house bank known as an industrial loan corporation (ILC) is opposed by unions, consumer groups and many state-level banks.

They believe the move will threaten local businesses although Wal-Mart says it has no plans to open branches or offer banking services to consumers

Wal-Mart must pay workers $172m

The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has been ordered to pay $172m (£99m) in compensation to workers who were refused lunch breaks.

A California court found Wal-Mart broke a state law requiring employers to give staff an unpaid 30-minute lunch break if they worked more than six hours.

More than 100,000 Wal-Mart employees in California will be eligible for compensation

Wal-Mart hit by ‘sweatshop’ claim

US retail giant Wal-Mart has been hit with a lawsuit that claims it ignores sweatshop conditions at many of its suppliers’ factories around the world.

The class-action suit has been filed in Los Angeles on behalf of 15 workers in Bangladesh, Swaziland, Indonesia, China and Nicaragua.

Each claims they were paid less than the minimum wage and not given overtime payments

Wal-Mart to pay immigrants fine

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is to pay $11m (£5.73m) to the US government after an investigation into the use of illegal immigrants.

The workers were employed as janitors and cleaners by subcontractors to work in Wal-Mart stores

Wal-Mart to pay $14m in gun suit

The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has agreed to pay a total of $14.5m (£7.74m) to settle a lawsuit over gun sales violations in California