Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) reported single-day sales for Friday, November 24, of more than $1.1bn at the company's US Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets. Sales for the day on a comparable basis were in the upper mid-single-digit range.

Wal-Mart's Holiday Blitz, an annual five-hour day-after-Thanksgiving event, drew heavy traffic to its stores. Top-selling items throughout the Blitz included home electronics, apparel, and toys.

"We're pleased with the results of yesterday's Holiday Blitz, which
involved tremendous planning, coordination and hard work on the part of all associates," said Tom Schoewe, Wal-Mart's chief financial officer.

Schoewe added that the company continues to believe comparable sales for the fourth quarter will be in the three to five per cent range. November sales for the four-week period ending November 24 will be released on Thursday, November 30.

As of October 31, 2000, the company had 1,723 Wal-Mart stores, 866 Supercenters, 469 SAM'S Clubs and 15 Neighborhood Markets in the United States. Internationally, the company operated units in Argentina (11), Brazil (18), Canada (169), China (8), Germany (95), Korea (6), Mexico (483), Puerto Rico (15) and United Kingdom (240). Wal-Mart employs more than 885,000 associates in the U.S. and 255,000 internationally. Its securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges.