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Walmart seeks more expansion in China

WALMART Stores Inc said it aims to add 30 to 40 new stores in China including three to five Sam's Club outlets this year as it seeks new retail models to cater to consumers' changing shopping habits.

Walmart China also aims to invest more than 300 million yuan (US$43.4 million) to upgrade and remodel approximately 50 existing stores, as well as further enhance supply chain capacities.

Dirk Van den Berghe, president and CEO of Walmart Asia and China, said, "We will move faster to improve the overall customer experience and continue our strategic alliance with JD and strengthen omni-channel approach."

In 2016, Walmart opened 24 new stores, including 21 hypermarkets and 3 Sam’s Club stores.

Walmart has increased its take in China's second largest e-commerce retailer to 12.1 percent, after selling its subsidiary Shanghai-based online retailer Yihaodian in exchange for a 5 percent stake in in June last year.

Walmart’s transaction size in China added 5.4 percent in the three months ended January this year, and comparable sales increased 2.3 percent.


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