Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday reported flat U.S. comps and a 2.4% decline in U.S. operating income during the fiscal second quarter ended July 31. Overall net income was up slightly. Walmart also said that higher health care costs and further investments to drive e-commerce initiatives would eat into profits during the second half of the year, lowering its anticipated annual earnings per share to a range of $4.90 to $5.15 from previous forecast of $5.10 to $5.45. Walmart said comps at its ...

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