Walmart has announced it is reducing prices on many items which include select clothing, toys and electronics.
Though the prices of household items keep increasing, Walmart announced it would be reducing prices on select items, and reducing its profit level for Q2 as inflation keeps affecting consumer behaviour.
In a company release, Walmart CEO and President Doug McMillon said: “The increasing levels of food and fuel inflation are affecting how customers spend, and while we’ve made good progress clearing hardline categories, apparel in Walmart U.S. is requiring more markdown dollars.
“We’re now anticipating more pressure on general merchandise in the back half; however, we’re encouraged by the start we’re seeing on school supplies in Walmart U.S.”
The company said inflation-related price effects on necessities like food and other household supplies have made many people de-prioritize nonessential items like clothing.
Also, Walmart cut back on inventory during the quarter as prices are expected to be marked down in the general merchandise category, which includes items like clothing, electronics, and toys.
Though decrease in prices is great news for consumers, they are the opposite for the companies imposing them as less money being spent by customers translates into less profit gain for the retailers.
Walmart made it known that a lot of customers have been coming to the store (known for its low prices) in a bid to “save money during this inflationary period” which reflects in the grocery gains reported by the retailer.
Walmart is still optimistic that Q2 results will be profitable by saying that it expects U.S. same-store sales to increase by up to 6% during Q2 of 2022.
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