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Table 5 The success of Wal-Mart de Mexico (Walmex): key facts.

From: Uneven dietary development: linking the policies and processes of globalization with the nutrition transition, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases

• Walmex is Mexico's leading retailer, with 420 supermarkets and discount stores, and 290 restaurants, in 79 cities
• Walmex stores sell food, general merchandise and food; as a percentage of total sales, general merchandise and clothes actually make up more than food
• There were 663 million customer transactions at Walmex in 2004
• Sales from Walmex have grown rapidly over the past decade; in 2004, sales increased by 11% to reach a record high of US$12.4 billion
• Walmex continues to grow: In 2005, it invested US$625 million to open a further 77 outlets
• Reflecting their aggressive stance on low prices, Walmex's tagline is "low prices everyday"
• The company employs more people (109,075) than any other company in Mexico
• Walmex's success has left its three main Mexican supermarket rivals struggling to compete, and is attributed with causing the French supermarket giant, Carrefour, to withdraw from the Mexican market in 2005
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