Wal-Mart Cites Late Easter for Slower March Sales

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.

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