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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is AmazonGo Ready for Export?

    Amazon (AMZN) has secured retail space in central London, where it plans to open its AmazonGo stores, according to The Grocer.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Gauging the Blowback of Germany’s Unemployment Rate

    Germany’s unemployment rate was lower at 3.8% in December 2016, as compared to the pre-crisis level of 11.3% in 2003.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Germany’s Economic Growth and the Role of Rising Inflation

    Germany’s expected rise in inflation is concerning as the cost of borrowing has increased across Europe—and this amid all the political uncertainty.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Walmart’s Omni-Channel Strategy in China Work?

    Walmart (WMT) has operations in the US and 27 other countries around the world, and it operates e-commerce sites in 11 countries.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Walmart Is Looking to Offset Future Operating Cost Headwinds

    Wage costs are expected to be a headwind for Walmart. On February 20, Walmart made the second round of wage increases for over 1.2 million staff.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Walmart Faces an Uphill Battle in China and Brazil

    Walmart reported a decline of 3% in same-store sales in China in fiscal 4Q16. The decrease was driven by a whopping 8.5% reduction in store traffic.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    When Can You Expect Walmart’s Profitability Margins to Stabilize?

    Despite the revenue headwinds we discussed in the previous part of this series, Walmart (WMT) expanded its gross margin by 21 basis points to 24.6% in the first three quarters of fiscal 2016.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    The Energy and Materials Sectors Pulled VEURX into the Red in 2015

    The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund was the worst performer for 2015 among the ten funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Costco’s Industry Positioning: A Porter’s 5 Force Analysis

    Costco’s suppliers include companies like PepsiCo (PEP), Procter & Gamble (PG), and the Kraft Heinz Company (KHC). No single supplier accounts for over 5% of revenue.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Forex Headwinds Hold Back Walmart’s Overseas Performance

    Walmart’s top line is expected to see no growth in fiscal 2016, which ends January 31, 2016. This is due to forex (foreign exchange) headwinds from a higher-than-expected US dollar.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Unemployment Hints at Tightening Labor Market in the UK

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate in the UK dropped to 5.4% in the three months to August 2015 from 5.5% in the prior period.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Fresh Is Now in the UK

    Amazon will now offer perishable items with its same-day delivery service in the UK. The recent move of offering perishable items indicates the company’s plans of launching its service Amazon Fresh in the UK.

    By Matilda James
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    Earnings Report

    Walmart Is Losing Market Share in Key Overseas Markets

    Walmart’s (WMT) performance in international markets is likely to be mixed in 2Q16. Prospects appear brighter for Walmex and Walmart Canada.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Walmart Is Optimistic about International Performance after 1Q16

    Despite positive sales trends and margin expansion in four of its five-largest overseas markets, Walmart’s reported international revenue declined by 6.6% to $30.3 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walmart Is Looking For Growth In International Markets

    Walmart (WMT) is the world’s largest retailer. The company reported 6,189 stores in its International segment—compared to 4,987 in the US in 3Q15.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who’s The Greatest Retailer Of Them All? – Walmart

    Walmart is among a select group of global retailers (XRT) (RTH) competing in a variety of store formats. However, Walmart dwarfs all of the other companies.

    By Phalguni Soni
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