Leading Indicators


US destocking to continue with weak Walmart 3Q numbers

Walmart's 3Q 2022 sales performance showed declining general merchandise sales while inventory levels remain high, providing a cautious near term outlook for container volume. Sales increased 9% driven primarily by grocery items and partly by inflation but general merchandises were down a low single digit percentage, according to Walmart's announcement on 16 Nov 2022. Walmart's inventory level was up 8% QoQ and 13% YoY. The elevated inventory to sales ratio since 21Q3 suggests that de-stockin

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