Walmart Profits Hit By Higher Wages And A Strong US Dollar

Walmart Profits down on strong dollar and higher employee wages

The U.S. dollar has continued to strengthen and U.S. workers are demanding higher wages. Those two factors have caused Walmart’s profits to shrink.

The company released its quarterly earnings on Tuesday and announced $120.2 billion in revenue, only slightly higher than last year’s total.

Walmart also adjusted its previous guidance for full-year earnings per share, adjusting down from $4.40 and $4.70 from $4.70 and $5.05.

Carol Schumacher, Walmart’s investor relations vice president, says profits will be “pressured for the remainder of the year.”

The company also notes that along with wage hikes, employers have been given an increasing number of hours. Schumacher says the company’s investments will help Walmart in the long-run, even if profits are slowed at the moment.

Hourly wage increases also caused slower than expected last quarter. Walmart officials announced a minimum hourly pay for its workers of $9 starting in February 2015.

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Walmart’s stock was down more than 3% in premarket trading.