BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Comparable-store sales at Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores declined again in the second quarter, but officials of the retailer here on Tuesday highlighted improving sequential trends and a pace that could turn comps positive by year-end. International acquisitions helped Wal-Mart improve overall quarterly sales 5.5% to $108.6 billion. Net earnings improved 5.7% to $3.8 billion. International sales totaled $30.1 billion, a 16.2% increase, while U.S. sales were flat at $64.9 ...

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