BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here said last week that same-store sales at its U.S. formats rose 1.5% with higher traffic for the fourth quarter, the second consecutive period of positive comp sales and the fourth consecutive quarter of comp improvement. “Every segment of our business is stronger today than it was a year ago,” Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer, said. “The plan [the company] put in place a year ago in the U.S. was the right ...

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