1 Walmart reports Q3 FY 6 EPS of.03, Walmart U.S. added 2.7 billion in sales, comp sales of.5% Q3 diluted EPS from continuing operations was.03, benefited by approximately 0.04 from an adjustment for certain leases. Currency negatively impacted EPS by Total revenue was 7.4 billion. On a constant currency basis, total revenue was 22.4 billion, an increase of 2.8%. Comp sales at Walmart U.S. were positive for the fifth consecutive quarter, up.5%. Traffic increased.7%. Customer experience scores continued to strengthen. Neighborhood Market comps increased approximately 8%, with strong growth from newer stores. Walmart International net sales were 29.8 billion. On a constant currency basis, sales reached 34.7 billion, led by Mexico and Canada. Operating income decreased 6.4%. On a constant currency basis, operating income increased 8.5%. E-commerce sales and GMV globally increased approximately 0% on a constant currency basis. Growth was pressured by challenges in key international markets. Investments in people and technology continued. Consolidated operating income declined 8.8%. On a constant currency basis, consolidated operating income declined 5.4%. "We are pleased with the continued sales growth in Walmart U.S. and in our international business. Strong traffic and our fifth consecutive quarter of positive comps in Walmart U.S. stores show we are taking the right steps to win with customers. Although we still have work to do, we are positioning for sustainable growth through investments in people and technology to deliver a seamless shopping experience at scale." Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Amounts in billions, except as noted) (Consolidated) Revenue ex. fx Revenue +2.8% fx impact ~-5.0 billion -.3% Operating income -8.8% -5.4% ex. fx The company paid.6 billion in dividends and repurchased approximately 6 million shares for 437 million. Return on investment (ROI) for the trailing 2-months ended October 3, was 5.9%, compared to 6.4% for the prior comparable period. The decline in ROI was primarily due to our decrease in operating income, as well as continued capital investments. Free cash flow was 6.8 billion for the nine months ended October 3,, compared to 7.2 billion in the prior year. The decrease in free cash flow was primarily due to lower income from continuing operations offset by the timing of payments. See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-gaap financial measures. NYSE: WMT November 7, stock.walmart.com
2 2 (U.S.) Net sales +3.8% Comp sales Operating income Traffic: -0.7% Traffic: +.7% -8.6% Ticket: +.2% Ticket: -0.2% E-commerce 20 bps E-commerce 5 bps Net sales ex. fx2 Net sales Operating income +3.2% -.4% -6.4% +8.5% ex. fx 2 Net sales Comp sales w/o fuel,2 Operating income -2.2% +.6% ex. fuel 2 Traffic: +0.2% Traffic: -0.3% Ticket: +0.2% Ticket: +0.7% +9.3% +8.4% ex. fuel 2 E-commerce 20 bps E-commerce 60 bps 2 3-week period ended Oct. 30,, compared to 3-week period ended Oct. 3, 204. See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-gaap financial measures. NYSE: WMT November 7, stock.walmart.com
3 3 "We delivered solid earnings per share that was well within our guidance. Looking ahead, we are narrowing our full-year earnings per share guidance to range between 4.50 and 4.65, including a range of.40 to.55 for the fourth quarter. This includes ongoing headwinds from currency, which we now expect will impact earnings per share by 0.6, compared to 0.5 from last quarter's guidance. We continue to expect relatively flat total sales growth for the year. Without the currency impact, our full-year total net sales growth would be around 3 percent." Charles Holley, Executive Vice President and CFO, WalMart Stores, Inc. EPS Q4 FY6 EPS FY6 Walmart U.S. comp2 Sam s Club comp w/o fuel,2.40 to.55 LY: to 4.65 LY: 4.99 around +% LY: +.5% flat to +% LY: +2.0% Accounting for certain leases As we disclosed in the second quarter, we conducted a global review of leases, which included a focus on leases where our payment of certain structural component costs during a lessor's construction of the leased store causes us to be deemed the owner of the property for accounting purposes. In the third quarter, we finalized this review and recorded an immaterial cumulative adjustment. On a consolidated basis, total assets increased by approximately.7 billion, primarily representing property under capital lease and financing obligations, total liabilities increased by approximately.6 billion, primarily representing additional current and long-term capital lease and financing obligations, and net income increased by approximately 00 million, positively impacting earnings per share by approximately Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our,554 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in countries. With fiscal year revenue of billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at Investor Relations contact Pauline Mohler (479) Media Relations contact Randy Hargrove (800) See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-gaap financial measures. 3-week period ending Jan. 29, 206, compared to 3-week period ended Jan. 30,. NYSE: WMT November 7, stock.walmart.com
4 4 Along with this press release, Walmart makes available a recorded call with executive leaders to review the business results, to provide strategic updates and to comment on expectations for the future. We provide that call in both audio form and in a written transcript. Details on accessing the call are as follows: (U.S. and Canada) (other countries) Passcode: (Walmart) stock.walmart.com The call is archived at stock.walmart.com ### NYSE: WMT November 7, stock.walmart.com
5 5 Forward Looking Statements This release contains statements as to Walmart management's guidance regarding the diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart for the three months and the year ending Jan. 3, 206, Walmart's total sales growth in fiscal 206, calculated both in accordance with GAAP and on a constant currency basis, and Walmart U.S.'s comparable store sales and Sam's Club's comparable club sales, excluding fuel, for the 3 weeks ending Jan. 29, 206 and management's expectation for the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations on Walmart's earnings per share for fiscal 206. Walmart believes such statements are "forwardlooking statements" as defined in, and they are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forwardlooking statements provided by, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 995, as amended. Walmart's actual results may differ materially from the guidance provided and the underlying assumptions and management's expectations noted above as a result of changes in circumstances, assumptions not being realized or other risks, uncertainties and factors including: economic, geo-political, capital markets and business conditions, trends and events around the world and in the markets in which Walmart operates; currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in market interest rates and commodity prices; unemployment levels; competitive pressures; inflation or deflation, generally and in particular product categories; consumer confidence, disposable income, credit availability, spending levels, shopping patterns, debt levels and demand for certain merchandise; consumer enrollment in health and drug insurance programs and such programs' reimbursement rates; the amount of Walmart's net sales denominated in the U.S. dollar and various foreign currencies; the financial performance of Walmart and each of its segments; factors affecting Walmart's effective tax rate, including assessments of certain tax contingencies, valuation allowances, changes in law, administrative audit outcomes, impact of discrete items and the mix of earnings between the U.S. and Walmart's international operations; customer traffic and average ticket in Walmart's stores and clubs and on its e-commerce websites; the mix of merchandise Walmart sells, the cost of goods it sells and the shrinkage it experiences; the amount of Walmart's total sales and operating expenses in the various markets in which Walmart operates; transportation, energy and utility costs and the selling prices of gasoline and diesel fuel; supply chain disruptions and disruptions in seasonal buying patterns; consumer acceptance of and response to Walmart's stores, clubs, e-commerce websites, mobile apps, initiatives, programs and merchandise offerings; the availability of attractive e-commerce acquisition opportunities; cyber security events affecting Walmart and related costs; developments in, outcomes of, and costs incurred in legal proceedings to which Walmart is a party; casualty and accident-related costs and insurance costs; the turnover in Walmart's workforce and labor costs, including healthcare and other benefit costs; changes in accounting estimates or judgments; changes in existing tax, labor and other laws and changes in tax rates, trade restrictions and tariff rates; the level of public assistance payments; and natural disasters, public health emergencies, civil disturbances, and terrorist attacks.
6 6 Such risks, uncertainties and factors also include the risks relating to Walmart's operations and financial performance discussed in Walmart's most recent annual report on Form 0-K filed with the SEC. You should read this release in conjunction with that annual report on Form 0-K and Walmart's quarterly reports on Form 0-Q and current reports on Form 8-K subsequently filed with the SEC. You should consider all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors identified above and in those SEC reports carefully when evaluating the forwardlooking statements in this release. Walmart cannot assure you that the future results reflected in or implied by any such forward-looking statement will be realized or, even if substantially realized, will have the forecast or expected consequences and effects for or on Walmart's operations or financial performance. Such forwardlooking statements are made as of the date of this release, and Walmart undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
7 7 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited) Three Months Ended October 3, Revenues: Net sales Membership and other income Total revenues Costs and expenses: Cost of sales Operating, selling, general and administrative expenses Operating income Interest: Debt Capital lease and financing obligations Interest income Interest, net Income from continuing operations before income taxes Provision for income taxes Income from continuing operations Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes Consolidated net income Consolidated net income attributable to noncontrolling interest Consolidated net income attributable to Walmart Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart: Income from continuing operations 204 6, , ,408 9,00 87,446 24,248 5,74 89,247 23,489 6, Basic net income per common share: Basic income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart Basic income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart Basic net income per common share attributable to Walmart Diluted net income per common share: Diluted income per common share from continuing operations attributable to Walmart Diluted income per common share from discontinued operations attributable to Walmart Diluted net income per common share attributable to Walmart (.3)% 349,930 (2.4)% 2,533 (.3)% 352,463 (2.0)% 3.2 % (8.8)% 263,985 7,05 7, ,62,748 3, ,609,783 3,826 3,44 (0) 3,304 3,826 (5) 3,7 (9.3)% (44.3)% 5.0 % (5.9)% (8.0)% (2.0)% (0.8)% 0.0 % (0.8)% (4.3)% (.0)% 3,44 3,826 (0.8)% 0,332 (0) (5) 3,304 3, (4.3)% ,579 2, ,086 (0.5)%.0 % (0.5)% 265,97 68,97 9,98 (0.7)% 3.0 % (9.0)%, (64),99 5,544 5,22 0,332 0,332 (22) 0,20, (76),762 7,436 5,80, ,9 (54),397,626 (22) (40) (2.9)% 80.6 % (5.8)% 8.9 % (0.9)% (0.3)% (.)% (00.0)% (3.3)% (58.8)% (.2)% (.)% (48.3)% (.0)% 0,20,26 (9.8)% (0.4)% 3.47 (9.5)% 0.06 (00.0)% 0.0 % (0.4)% (.0)%.03.5 (0.4)% (9.5)% 0.05 (00.0)% 3.5 (0.8)% Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic Diluted Dividends declared per common share 56 5 (20) 64 (2) Income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interest Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Nine months ended October 3,.03 3,20 3, % (0.4)% 3,229 3, ,22 3, ,23 3,243.92
8 8 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (Dollars in millions) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents Receivables, net Inventories October 3, Prepaid expenses and other Total current assets Property and equipment: Property and equipment Less accumulated depreciation Property and equipment, net Property under capital lease and financing obligations: Property under capital lease and financing obligations Less accumulated amortization Property under capital lease and financing obligations, net Goodwill Other assets and deferred charges Total assets LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities: Short-term borrowings Accounts payable Dividends payable Accrued liabilities Accrued income taxes Long-term debt due within one year Capital lease and financing obligations due within one year Total current liabilities 6,990 5,02 50,706 January 3, 6,78 6,09 5,50 2,404 2,224,53 65,2 63,278 65,84 76,660 (65,825) 0,835 77,395 77,494 (63,5) 4,280 (62,59) 4,975 5,239 (2,864) 5,632 (3,5) 2,375 2,57 8,02 5, ,490 8,888 5, ,668 0,948 (4,827) 6,2 7,05 6, ,44 4,960 40,553,589 9, , ,492,592 38,40 9,52,02 4, ,253 38,67 5,58 7,824 Long-term debt Long-term capital lease and financing obligations Deferred income taxes and other 9,35 6,778 45,4 October 3, ,889 2,606 8,805 6,09 39,656,553 8, , ,540 4,59 2,767 7,789 Commitments and contingencies Equity: Common stock Capital in excess of par value Retained earnings Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) Total Walmart shareholders equity Nonredeemable noncontrolling interest Total equity Total liabilities and equity 32 2,006 87,903 (0,659) 79,57 3,059 82, , ,462 85,777 (7,68) 8,394 4,543 85, , ,223 80,84 (4,25) 79,09 4,944 84, ,668
9 9 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) Nine months ended October 3, 204 (Dollars in millions) Cash flows from operating activities: Consolidated net income (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes Income from continuing operations 0,332 0,332,9 (285),626 Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization Deferred income taxes Other operating activities s in certain assets and liabilities: Receivables, net Inventories Accounts payable Accrued liabilities Accrued income taxes Net cash provided by operating activities Cash flows from investing activities: Payments for property and equipment Proceeds from the disposal of property and equipment Proceeds from disposal of certain operations Other investing activities Net cash used in investing activities Cash flows from financing activities: Net change in short-term borrowings Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt Payments of long-term debt Dividends paid Purchase of Company stock Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest Purchase of noncontrolling interest Other financing activities Net cash used in financing activities Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 7,023 (987) 644 6,88 (233) (6,637) 3, (6,929) (48) 5,005 (577) 5,470 (8,223) (7,567) (8,243) (44) (7,57) 3,537 (,843) 4 (4,422) (4,728) (,720) (609) (890) (468) (9,259) 5,20 (3,883) (4,639) (,05) (324) (8) (2,45) 9,35 6,990 (563) 7,28 6,78 3, (40) (,804) (393) (8,858)
10 0 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited) Net sales and operating income (dollars in millions) Walmart U.S. Walmart International Sam's Club Corporate and support Consolidated Net Sales Three Months Ended October 3, ,72 70,025 33,659 29,8 4,392 4,075 6,598 8, % -.4% -2.2% 0.0% -.3% Operating Income Three Months Ended October 3, 204 4,506, ,74 4,932, , % -6.4% 9.3% -3.4% -8.8% U.S. comparable store sales results Walmart U.S. Sam's Club Total U.S. Without Fuel 3 Weeks Ended 0/30/ 0/3/204.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%.4% 0.5% With Fuel 3 Weeks Ended 0/30/ 0/3/204.5% 0.5% -3.3% 0.3% 0.7% 0.5% See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-gaap financial measures. Fuel Impact 3 Weeks Ended 0/30/ 0/3/ % 0.0% -3.7% -0.% -0.7% 0.0%
11 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Reconciliations of and Other Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited) The following information provides reconciliations of certain non-gaap financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The company has provided the non-gaap financial information presented in the press release, which is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP, as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in the press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Such non-gaap financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for or alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented in the press release. The non-gaap financial measures in the press release may differ from similar measures used by other companies. Calculation of Return on Investment and Return on Assets Management believes return on investment (ROI) is a meaningful metric to share with investors because it helps investors assess how effectively Walmart is deploying its assets. Trends in ROI can fluctuate over time as management balances long-term potential strategic initiatives with possible short-term impacts. ROI was 5.9 percent and 6.4 percent for the trailing 2 months ended October 3, and 204, respectively. The decline in ROI was primarily due to our decrease in operating income, as well as continued capital investments. We define ROI as adjusted operating income (operating income plus interest income, depreciation and amortization, and rent expense) for the trailing 2 months divided by average invested capital during that period. We consider average invested capital to be the average of our beginning and ending total assets, plus average accumulated depreciation and average amortization, less average accounts payable and average accrued liabilities for that period, plus a rent factor equal to the rent for the fiscal year or trailing 2 months multiplied by a factor of 8. When we have discontinued operations, we exclude the impact of the discontinued operations. Our calculation of ROI is considered a non-gaap financial measure because we calculate ROI using financial measures that exclude and include amounts that are included and excluded in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. For example, we exclude the impact of depreciation and amortization from our reported operating income in calculating the numerator of our calculation of ROI. In addition, we include a factor of 8 for rent expense that estimates the hypothetical capitalization of our operating leases. We consider return on assets (ROA) to be the financial measure computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that is the most directly comparable financial measure to our calculation of ROI. ROI differs from ROA (which is consolidated income from continuing operations for the period divided by average total assets of continuing operations for the period) because ROI: adjusts operating income to exclude certain expense items and adds interest income; adjusts total assets of continuing operations for the impact of accumulated depreciation and amortization, accounts payable and accrued liabilities; and incorporates a factor of rent to arrive at total invested capital. Although ROI is a standard financial metric, numerous methods exist for calculating a company's ROI. As a result, the method used by management to calculate our ROI may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their ROI before comparing our ROI to that of such other companies.
12 2 The calculation of ROI, along with a reconciliation to the calculation of ROA, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is as follows: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Return on Investment and Return on Assets Trailing Twelve Months Ended October 3, 204 (Dollars in millions) CALCULATION OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT Numerator Operating income + Interest income + Depreciation and amortization + Rent Adjusted operating income Denominator Average total assets of continuing operations + Average accumulated depreciation and amortization - Average accounts payable - Average accrued liabilities + Rent x 8 Average invested capital Return on investment (ROI) 25,42 0 9,35 2,579 37, ,406 68,43 40,05 9,36 20, , % 26, ,5 2,898 38, ,48 62,52 39,439 8,690 23,84 236, % CALCULATION OF RETURN ON ASSETS Numerator Income from continuing operations Denominator Average total assets of continuing operations Return on assets (ROA) Certain Balance Sheet Data Total assets of continuing operations Accumulated depreciation and amortization Accounts payable Accrued liabilities 205,44 70,652 40,553 9,499 5, , % As of October 3, ,668 65,634 39,656 8,773 6,70 208,48 7.8% ,295 59,408 39,22 8,606 The average is based on the addition of the account balance at the end of the current period to the account balance at the end of the prior period and dividing by 2.
13 3 Free Cash Flow We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus payments for property and equipment made in that period. Free cash flow was 6.8 billion and 7.2 billion for the nine months ended October 3, and 204, respectively. The decrease in free cash flow was due to lower income from continuing operations offset by the timing of payments. Free cash flow is considered a non-gaap financial measure. Management believes, however, that free cash flow, which measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations, is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the company's financial performance. Free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, consolidated income from continuing operations as a measure of our performance and net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. Additionally, Walmart's definition of free cash flow is limited, in that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments made for business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Although other companies report their free cash flow, numerous methods may exist for calculating a company's free cash flow. As a result, the method used by Walmart's management to calculate our free cash flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow. We urge you to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow before comparing our free cash flow to that of such other companies. The following table sets forth a reconciliation of free cash flow, a non-gaap financial measure, to net cash provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to free cash flow, as well as information regarding net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities. (Dollars in millions) Net cash provided by operating activities Payments for property and equipment Free cash flow Net cash used in investing activities Net cash used in financing activities Nine months ended October 3, 204 5,005 5,470 (8,223) (8,243) 6,782 7,227 (7,567) (9,259) (7,57) (8,858) "Net cash used in investing activities" includes payments for property and equipment, which is also included in our computation of free cash flow.
14 4 Constant Currency In discussing our operating results, the term currency exchange rates refers to the currency exchange rates we use to convert the operating results for all countries where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. We calculate the effect of changes in currency exchange rates as the difference between current period activity translated using the current period's currency exchange rates, and the comparable prior year period's currency exchange rates. Throughout our discussion, we refer to the results of this calculation as the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations. When we refer to constant currency operating results, this means operating results without the impact of the currency exchange rate fluctuations and without the impact of acquisitions, if any, until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods. The disclosure of constant currency amounts or results permits investors to understand better Walmart's underlying performance without the effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations or acquisitions. The table below reflects the calculation of constant currency for total revenues, net sales and operating income for the three and nine months ended ended Oct. 3,. Three Months Ended October 3, Walmart International (Dollars in millions) Consolidated Nine Months Ended October 3, Walmart International Consolidated Total revenues: 30,067 As reported Currency exchange rate fluctuations Constant currency total revenues (.7)% 7,408 (.3)% 9,535 (9.3)% 352,463 (0.5)% 4,948 4,948 2,450 2,450 35, % 22, % 03, % 364,93 3. % 29,8 (.4)% 6,598 (.3)% 90,726 (9.2)% 349,930 (0.5)% 4,920 4,920 2,349 2,349 34, % 2, % 03, % 362, % 5,74 (8.8)% 3,685 (0.6)% 7,463 (9.0)% ,928 (5.4)% 4, % 7,999 Net sales: As reported Currency exchange rate fluctuations Constant currency net sales Operating income:,338 As reported Currency exchange rate fluctuations Constant currency operating income (6.4)% 24, % Excludes currency exchange rate fluctuations related to acquisitions until the acquisitions are included in both comparable periods. (6.2)%
15 5 Comparable Sales Measures and Sam's Club Measures The following financial measures presented in the press release to which this reconciliation is attached are non-gaap financial measures as defined by the SEC's rules: the comparable club sales of the company's Sam's Club operating segment ("Sam's Club") for the 3-week period ended Oct. 30, and Oct. 3, 204, the projected comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 3 weeks ending Jan. 29, 206 and the comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 3 weeks ended Jan. 30,, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for such periods (the "Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures"); the percentage increase in the net sales of Sam's Club for the three months ended Oct. 3, over the net sales of Sam's Club for the three months ended Oct. 3, 204, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period; and the percentage increase in the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months ended Oct. 3, over the segment operating income of Sam's Club for the three months ended Oct. 3, 204, in each case calculated by excluding Sam's Club's fuel sales for the relevant period (collectively with the financial measures described in the immediately preceding bullet point, the "Sam's Club Measures"). We believe the Sam's Club comparable club sales for the historical periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures are presented calculated by including fuel sales are the financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the respective Sam s Club Comparable Sales Measures. We believe Sam's Club's projected comparable club sales for the 3-week period ending Jan. 29, 206 calculated by including fuel sales is the financial measure computed in accordance with GAAP most directly comparable to the projected comparable club sales of Sam's Club for the 3-week period ending Jan. 29, 206 calculated by excluding fuel sales. We believe the percentage decrease in Sam's Club's reported net sales and percentage increase in Sam's Club's reported segment operating income for the periods for which the corresponding Sam's Club Measures are presented are the most directly comparable financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP to the respective Sam s Club Measures. We believe that the presentation of the Sam's Club Comparable Sales Measures and the Sam's Club Measures provides useful information to investors regarding the company's financial condition and results of operations because that information permits investors to understand the effect of the fuel sales of Sam's Club, which are affected by the volatility of fuel prices, on Sam's Club's comparable club sales and on Sam's Club's net sales and operating income for the periods presented. ###