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Wal-mart’s global workers talk sales…and soccer


merchantsWal-Mart management and about 1,200 workers from around the globe gathered in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a spirited, pre-shareholder meeting pep rally.

Their message? “We are merchants!”

The employees, who are tasked with helping to grow company sales, reiterated that point multiple times. 

But they also asserted their love for soccer and excitement over the sport’s upcoming World Cup tournament scissor-kicked its way into several country presentations.

Managers from countries ranging from Brazil and Mexico to India and China, laid out plans to boost sales for Walmart’s international division, which grew 11 percent last year to top $100 billion for the first time.