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    Michael T. Duke
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Wal-Mart reclaimed the top spot in the Fortune 500 in 2012 after slipping to No. 2 last year. The retailer’s refocus on low prices continued to attract frugal shoppers into the discounter’s U.S. stores.

For fiscal year 2012, sales rose 5.9%, to $443.9 billion. Despite relatively strong sales, Wal-Mart must hold onto its U.S. shoppers, which make up 62% of the chain’s net sales.

Beyond the U.S., Wal-Mart continues to investigate allegations that executives in Mexico paid more than $24 million in bribes to speed the retailer’s expansion there. The probe has widened to Brazil, India and China.

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Key Financials

$ Millions% change
Total Shareholder Equity76,343-
Market Value (on March 29, 2013)246,373.5-

Profit as a % of

Profit Percent Sales246,373.5
Profit Percent Assets8.4
Profit Percent Shareholder Equity22.3

Earnings Per Share

Earnings Per Share5.02
EPS % Change (from 2012)11.1
EPS Change (5 year)9.9
EPS Change (10 year)10.7

Total Return to Investors

Total Return to Investors17.6
Total Return to Investors (5 year)10
Total Return to Investors (10 year)