BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here on Thursday said net earnings for its fiscal second quarter increased by 5.7%, helped along by a modest gain in U.S. sales. Net sales for the quarter ending July 31 totaled $113.5 billion, a 4.5% gain from the same period a year ago, and net earnings totaled $4 billion. U.S. sales of $67.4 billion were up by 3.8%, and U.S. comparable-store sales, excluding fuel, improved by 2.2%. Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club division reported a 3.8% ...

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