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Wal-Mart executive who called sales “total disaster” has left

A person walks outside a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoReuters – by Jessica Wohl

(Reuters) – Jerry Murray, the mid-level Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) executive who called the chain’s early February sales “a total disaster” in an email made public by Bloomberg, left the world’s largest retailer last week, Wal-Mart confirmed on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Murray had left the company on April 5. Wal-Mart told Reuters that it was Murray’s decision to leave and that his last day at Wal-Mart was Friday. A replacement has not yet been named.  

“In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster,” Murray, a Wal-Mart vice president who worked on finance in the U.S. logistics division, said in a February 12 email to other executives, Bloomberg reported on February 15. “The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) 7 years with the company.

On February 21, Wal-Mart reported that its Walmart U.S. unit had a slow start to February, which it attributed largely to a delay in customers getting their tax refunds.

Murray could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Murray had been a vice president and chief financial officer of logistics at Wal-Mart since 2011, according to a profile posted on LinkedIn. According to that profile, he joined Wal-Mart in 2006 after working at Honeywell (HON.N), General Motors (GM.N) and Coopers & Lybrand.

(Reporting by Jessica Wohl in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese)

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5 Responses to Wal-Mart executive who called sales “total disaster” has left

  1. dubya dubya tree says:

    wonder if he was planning to leave and just spilled his beans, or was he fired for spilling the beans?
    probably have to assume the latter.
    not good for stock price.

  2. GrinNBarrett says:

    I shop Aldi’s they have great food and cheaper than Walmart check them out.

  3. Michael says:

    Folks, the Chinese also own 51% of the shares in Menards Lumber Stores.

    • diggerdan says:

      That doesn`t suprise me one bit. I used ot work for that f`er back in the late 60`s early 70`s when he was only about the size of a trailer house in Eau Claire, Wi. Yea he is crooked as they come. In fact I only live about 10 mi. from where his original office is. He is one cheap MF`er to work for. LIke he says ” Save more money at Menards”. Yea if you want to buy cheap sh*t or else buy other stuff and pay the same price or more for just average quality.

  4. Sue says:

    I have completely stopped shopping at Walmart because of their recent stand on limiting ammo sales to customers.

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