In February 2009, Mr. Mike Duke had just taken over as President and CEO of Wal-Mart. With over $400 billion in sales, Wal-Mart was the largest retailer in the world, but its top management team as well as many in the investment community believed that it could still increase its sales and operating income by at least 10% per annum. Mr. Duke was charged with validating whether this type of growth was still achievable and how it could be reached on both a domestic and international basis.

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