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Are there Walmart stores outside of the U.S.

Asked by TheBox193 (992points) December 6th, 2008

I’m wondering if Walmart has opened locations internationally. Like in the U.K., Australia, China, Japan… anyone personally know/or just know per random?

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Bluefreedom's avatar

Yes, Wal-Mart is global and here is an excerpt from an article I found at Wikipedia:

It operates in Mexico as Walmex, in the UK as ASDA, and in Japan as Seiyu. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Wal-Mart’s investments outside North America have had mixed results: its operations in South America and China are highly successful, while it was forced to pull out of Germany and South Korea when ventures there were unsuccessful.
And here is a look at some astonishing (or sobering) numbers, depending on your point of view:

In 2005, Wal-Mart had $312.4 billion in sales, more than 6,200 facilities around the world—including 3,800 stores in the United States and 2,800 elsewhere, employing more than 1.6 million “associates” worldwide. Its U.S. presence grew so rapidly that only small pockets of the country remained further than 60 miles (100 km) from the nearest Wal-Mart.

shrubbery's avatar

Not in Australia as far as I know.

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laureth's avatar

This site shows some issues with WalMart all over the world. You can click on the countries to see what’s going on there.

According to this Forbes article, Wal-Mart’s sales in 2006 were greater than the economies of 144 countries. That’s not all done just in the United States.

Accoring to Wal*Mart, they have stores in 13 international markets: Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

mangeons's avatar

Interesting question. I would guess so, but I’m not really sure. Do you live somewhere where you’re not sure and you want to go to a Wal-mart?

simonPARASITE's avatar

In the UK there’s a super market called ASDA which is owned wal-mart.
when I was a child it used to be a normal supermarket but it grew over the years to a department store. The one closest to where I used to live was huge. It had a McDonals and dentist in it!
Although we don’t have wal-mart in New Zealand, there’s something kind of like it, called The Warehouse.

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TheBox193's avatar

@mangeons Nope, I just got talking with a friend and started to wonder.

Thank you everyone, rather interesting/sad/scary.

paradesgoby's avatar

According to Wikipedia, Walmart has 2,980 stores in 14 countries outside the United States.

emilyrose's avatar

I saw them in Mexico in places that shocked me.

ItsAHabit's avatar

The Wall Street Journal reported today on a new inventory control system being tested by Wal-Mart. If successful in cutting costs it will be installed in all Wal-Mart stores. The paper reports that “Wal-Mart has climbed to the top of the retailing world by continuously squeezing costs out of its operations and then passing on the savings to shoppers at the checkout counter.” Those savings, along with a wide selection of products, are why customers flock to their stores.

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