Wal-Mart Japan’s Losses Increase

Tokyo Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Japan unit, Seiyu Ltd. said it likely lost twice as much money in 2007 as previously forecasted due to slumping sales and a charge to write down the value of some stores, according to Reuters.

The retail giant has invested approximately $2.2 billion in the Japanese division since 2002. However, the supermarket remains mired in the red amid tough competition with rivals such as Aeon Co. 

Seiyu, which Wal-Mart has a 96% stake in, said it now expects to post a group net loss of 20.9 billion yen for 2007—its sixth straight loss. The loss puts the company at a deficit of 10.4 billion yen. 

Seiyu’s same-store sales fell 1.2% in 2007, due to sluggish demand for apparel and household goods. After reevaluating their earnings potential based on recent sales data and surrounding competition, the retailer also said it will book a charge of 6.5 billion yen to write down the value of about 10 stores.

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