Wal-Mart 8-K 2005
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
August 16, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
702 S.W. 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (the Company) periodically communicates with its shareholders and other members of the investment community (collectively referred to as, the Investment Community) about our operations (the Periodic Communications). We do so through press releases, telecommunications and webcasts.
Effective February 1, 2006, we will modify our policy regarding Periodic Communications with respect to the Companys sales as follows:
Effective August 16, 2005, we will modify our Periodic Communications with respect to the Companys earnings as follows:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company reserves the right to change the foregoing procedures regarding the release of sales and earnings information from time to time as management deems appropriate in order to inform the Investment Community.
We also make Periodic Communications including:
We are aware of the obligations we have pursuant to Regulation FD of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To ensure compliance with Regulation FD, we have adopted the following measures:
Some or all of the information provided in our press releases, Periodic Communications, Additional Communications, Annual Shareholders Meeting and meetings with analysts may not be material information concerning the Company or its operations. The fact that we disclose information through or in any communication does not, in and of itself, mean that we have determined that the information provided is material to the Company or its operations. No shareholder, securities analyst, potential investor in our stock or other securities or other member of the investment community should assume that our disclosure of information in any communication means that we have determined that the information is material to the Company or its operations.
Forward-Looking Statements Or Information. Any of the press releases, telephone calls, webcasts or other sources of information we described or mentioned above may include statements that may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that Act. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of words such as believe, expect, estimate, anticipate, intend, plan, forecast, foresee or other similar words or phrases. Forward-looking statements may address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including such things as future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature of those expenditures), expansion and other development trends of industry segments in which we and our subsidiaries are active, future revenues and cash flows, future performance, future earnings, our business strategy, our financing strategy, expansion and growth of our business, our operations and other similar matters and our managements anticipation and expectations as to future occurrences and trends. Statements of that kind are forward-looking statements. Although we will base the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements on assumptions that we will think are reasonable within the bounds of our knowledge of our business, a number of risks, uncertainties and factors, domestically and internationally, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any
forward-looking statements, whether oral or written, that we make or that are made on our behalf. We have previously identified many of these factors in filings or statements we have made by or that have been made on our behalf. Our business and operations are subject to risks, uncertainties and factors outside our control. Any one, or a combination, of these risks, uncertainties and factors could materially affect the results of our operations. These risks, uncertainties and factors include: the cost of goods, labor costs, the availability of qualified associates, transportation costs, the cost fuel, electricity and other energy requirements, the cost of healthcare, competitive pressures, inflation, accident-related costs, consumer spending patterns and debt levels, weather patterns, currency exchange fluctuations, trade restrictions, changes in tariff and freight rates, changes in tax law, the outcome of legal proceedings to which we are a party, unemployment levels, interest rate fluctuations, zoning and land use restrictions, changes in employment legislation and other capital market, and economic and geo-political conditions. Forward-looking statements that we make or that are made on our behalf are based on knowledge of our business and the environment in which we operate, but because of the risks, uncertainties and factors listed above and other similar factors, actual results may differ from the results stated in the forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these and other cautionary statements, and we cannot assure you that the results or developments that we anticipate will be realized or, even if substantially realized, will have the expected consequences to or effects on us or our business or operations. We caution you not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: August 16, 2005