April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:52 p.m. CST
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ A late Easter this year has been cited
by Wal-Mart Stores as one reason that sales at stores open at least
a year were up only an estimated one-point-three percent in March.
The company said sales were slower because Easter is three weeks
later this year than last year. The Bentonville-based company says
it expects a stronger April.
For the five-week March period in 2005, Wal-Mart's same-store
sales were up four-point-three percent.