NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday posted fourth-quarter results that bested year-ago figures with earnings swelling 9.8 percent.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, net income for the world’s largest retailer rose to $3.94 billion, or 95 cents a diluted share, from $3.59 billion, or 86 cents, in the same year-ago quarter. Total revenues climbed 11 percent to $99.08 billion from $89.25 billion, which included a sales gain of 10.9 percent to $98.09 billion from $88.42 billion last year.

“We are extremely pleased to close fiscal year 2007 with both record sales and earnings,” said Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. Scott said that Wal-Mart customers around the world benefited from low prices.

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