By  on February 20, 2018

Walmart Inc.’s fourth quarter 2018 results were a mixed bag, but Wall Street focused on the negative, and its shares took a beating after the Bentonville, Ark. giant reported a sharp decline in profit and slower-than expected growth in e-commerce sales.

Net income plummeted 42.1 percent to $2.17 billion, or 73 cents a share, from $3.76 billion, or $1.22 per share in the 2017 fourth quarter. Analysts were expecting EPS of $1.37 per share. Fiscal 2018 net income declined 27.7 percent to $9.86 billion from $13.64 billion in 2017. EPS for fiscal 2018 declined 25.2 percent to $3.29 from $4.40 in the prior fiscal year.

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