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inesses, McMillon said brick-and-mortar stores have become hybrid, and forward fulfillment centers.
He said Sam’s Club has been gaining strength in the country. The high-end m
embership store that was launched in China in 1996 has about 2 million members nati
onwide. By 2020, there will be 40 such clubs either in operation or in construction in the country. The format ha
s 23 stores currently in 19 cities stocking quality fresh food and membership products.
Globally Walmart has 11,300 stores, with a third of them large stores.
According to Kantar Worldpanel, in 2018 Walmart’s market share was 5.4 percent, an improvement from t
he 5.2 percent in 2017. Last year it opened 33 new stores, including 21 hypermarkets, four Sam‘s Club and eight compact stores.
Jason Yu, general manager of Kantar Worldpanel China, said Walmart has to roll out
more innovations to further improve its operational efficiency and achieve growth through
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.