Walmart CEO: Inflation lures more higher-income shoppers

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Tuesday that higher-income customers are increasingly migrating to the retail giant’s stores in search of value as inflation persists.

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A shopping cart outside a Walmart store in Torrance, California. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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During a call with investors regarding the company’s second-quarter earnings results, McMillon was asked whether he saw Walmart benefiting in terms of greater market share as consumers trade down seeking lower prices to stretch their budgets.

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“I think we are holding at the lower end and adding at the upper end, generally speaking,” McMillion said, referring to the income levels of customers.

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Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon (Reuters / Reuters Photos)

McMillon also said he expects inflation to stick around.

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“We certainly hope to hold share around the world, and I think this inflationary environment is going to last for a while,” the CEO said. “So people are going to be value conscious, which plays to our strengths.”

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