16 Facts About Walmart That Will Blow Your Mind

SuperamaWalmart storefront in Mexico

Photo: Walmart corporate

More than one-fifth of Walmart stores worldwide are currently in Mexico, which is now at the the centre of a massive bribery scandal following a damning New York Times article that alleges over $24 million in payments to aid the retailers rapid expansion in the country.  If the allegations are true, it will be a massive blow to a company that has received credit for ethical behaviour while staking its claim as the largest company in the world

Walmart has more employees — 2.1 million — than the population of Houston.

Wal-Mart registered more sales in 2012 — $443 billion — than Norway's GPD. If Walmart were a country, it would be the 25th largest economy in the world.

In 2011, Walmart's Mexican unit (see huge scandal) reported total sales of 379 billion pesos or about $29 billion.

Source: SEC filings

Wal-Mart is the largest private employers in both the USA and Mexico.

Each week, Walmart serves more than 200 million customers at more than 9,600 retail outlets in 28 countries.

8 cents for every U.S. dollar is spent at Walmart.

Source: Statistic Brain

In 2010, CEO Michael Duke's annual salary of $35 million earned him more in an hour than his employees earned in an entire year working for $8.75/hour.

Source: ABC News

In 2009, Walmart sold more bananas than any other item.

Source: Bloomberg

China's exports to Walmart accounted for 11% of the growth of the total U.S. trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2006.

If Walmart's more than 900 million square feet of retail space were spread out over one place it would take up roughly 34 miles — about 1.5 times the size of Manhattan.

Source: Daily Finance

Walmart parking lots alone take up roughly the size of Tampa, Florida.

Source: Walmart Watch

In 2000, Walmart was sued 4,851 times — about once every 2 hours.

Source: UFCW

90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart.

Source: Business Pundit

The Walton family has given away about 2% of its net worth to charity — Bill Gates is giving away 48% of his net worth and Warren Buffet 78% of his net worth.

Source: Business Pundit

An additional Walmart Supercenter per 100,000 residents increases average BMI by 0.25 units and the obesity rate by 2.4%.

Source: SSRN

The most frequent destination typed into GPS device Telenav is Walmart.

Roughly 4,700 (about 90%) of international stores operate under a banner other than Walmart, including Walmex in Mexico, Asda in the UK, Seiyu in Japan, and Best Price in India.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.