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Amazing facts reveal reach of Walmart

Last updated on: March 3, 2013 10:36 IST

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Walmart is an American multinational retail corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores.

The company is the world's third-largest public corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012, the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world.

Let's have a look at some amazing facts about Walmart.

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Economic powerhouse

Total sales in 2012: $444 billion

In fiscal year 2012, Walmart registered about $444 billion in sales, which is $20 billion more than Austria's GDP. If Walmart were a country, it would be the 26th largest economy in the world.

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Major employer

Total employees in the world: 2.2 billion

Walmart has more employees worldwide - 2.2 million - than the population of Houston. The mega-retailer employs 1.4 million people in the US alone.

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Army of workers

If Walmart was an army, it would have the second-largest military in the world, behind China.

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Combined strength

Walmart is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco, and K-Mart combined.

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Spending power

The average family of four spends over $4,000 a year at Walmart.

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Serving customers

Each week, Walmart serves more than 200 million customers at more than 10,400 stores in 27 countries.

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Gross spending

One of every four dollars Americans spend on groceries is spent at Walmart.

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Hefty pay

In 2010, CEO Michael Duke's annual salary of $35 million earned him more in an hour than a full-time employee makes in an entire year.

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Going bananas

In 2009, Walmart sold more bananas than any other item.

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Trade deficit

China's exports to Walmart accounted for 11 per cent of the growth of the total US trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2006.

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Retail space

If Walmart's more than 900 million square feet of retail space were spread out over one place it would take up roughly 34 miles, which is about 1.5 times the size of Manhattan.

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Parking lot

Walmart parking lots alone take up roughly the size of Tampa, Florida.

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Record lawsuits

In 2000, Walmart was sued 4,851 times, or about once every two hours.

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Neighbourhood store

Ninety per cent of all Americans live within 15 miles (24.14km) of a Walmart.

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Charitable donations

The Walton family has given away about two per cent of its net worth to charity - Bill Gates is giving away 48 per cent of his net worth and Warren Buffet 78 per cent of his net worth.

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Pushing obesity

An additional Walmart Supercenter per 100,000 residents increases average BMI by 0.25 units and the obesity rate by 2.4 per cent.

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Frequent destination

The most frequent destination typed into GPS device Telenav is Walmart.

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Different banners

Roughly 4,700 (about 90 per cent) of international stores operate under a banner other than Walmart, including Asda in the United Kingdom, Seiyu in Japan, and Best Price in India.

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