Philanthropic Efforts, Partnerships, Sales Results, Store Openings, and Market Expansions - Research Reports on Walmart, Target, Costco, Ross Stores and Gap

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Jul 24, 2014, 08:50 ET from Analysts Review

NEW YORK, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts Review released its research reports regarding Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST), Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROSS) and The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Research Reports On July 17, 2014, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) announced that together with Sam's Club associates, customers, and members, it has completed a six-week fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). The Company stated that during the campaign, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin partnered with 79 stores and clubs across Southeastern & Northeastern Wisconsin and raised $706,000 for providing patient visits for over 500,000 kids each year. According to the Company, through donations made across the country via cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Walmart has raised over $40.2 million for the 170 hospitals of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and also helped CMNH to provide for patient visits for over 10 million kids each year. Mitch Cox, Regional General Manager, Walmart, "At Walmart and Sam's Club, we are grateful and sincerely thank everyone who participated in our Children's Miracle Network fundraising campaign." The full research reports on Walmart are available to download free of charge at: Target Corporation Research Reports On July 21, 2014, Target Corporation (Target) announced that it has partnered with Veronica Valencia, founder of Design Hunter L.A., along with four YouTube stars, Todrick Hall, Mikey Bolts, Tiffany Garcia, and Ann Le, on a YouTube video series called, the Best Year Ever. The Company stated that the series will provide tips and tricks for college students in designing their own dorm or off-campus spaces. According to the Company, each of the four YouTube stars will host a four-episode series that follows the life of a real college student as they prepare for campus living, while Veronica Valencia will be in charge of the makeover of each room and also provide design solutions. Target stated that the series will debut throughout July and August 2014 on each YouTube star's page as well as on its YouTube channel. The full research reports on Target are available to download free of charge at: Costco Wholesale Corporation Research Reports On July 10, 2014, Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) reported June 2014 sales results with net sales of $10.9 billion for the five weeks ended on July 6, 2014, compared from the $9.9 billion during the similar five-week period last year. The Company stated that both years' five-week periods included 34 selling days in Canada and in the U.S., observing Canada Day and Independence Day in the U.S., respectively. According to the Company, for the 44 weeks that ended on July 6, 2014, net sales increased to $92.9 billion, compared from the $87.0 billion during the similar period last year. The full research reports on Costco are available to download free of charge at: Ross Stores, Inc. Research Reports On July 21, 2014, Ross Stores, Inc. (Ross Stores) announced the opening of 23 Ross Dress for Less® as well as the 7 dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 17 different states, during June and July 2014. The Company added that these openings are a part of its plans to add a total of 75 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS stores in 2014. Jim Fassio, President and Chief Development Officer, Ross Stores, said, "These latest openings reflect our ongoing expansion strategy to fill in our presence in existing markets while also increasing penetration in our newer Midwest region where we added another eight Ross locations in July. The seven dd's DISCOUNTS stores we opened also included initial entry into three new states -- New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oregon." The full research reports on Ross Stores are available to download free of charge at: The Gap Inc. Research Reports On July 21, 2014, The Gap Inc. (Gap) announced global expansion plans by launching the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. According to the Company, a new partner, Magistrat International, will launch the brand in Slovenia, while Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch the brand in Austria. Ismail Seyis, Vice President, Gap Franchise, said, "We are thrilled to be opening in Slovenia and Austria and can't wait to meet customers when we open our doors for the first time in each capital city. One of the best things about opening in a new country is the incredible welcome that Gap receives and the buzz that generates for our teams and our customers alike." The full research reports on Gap are available to download free of charge at: About Analysts Review We do things differently. Our goal is to provide the best content to our exclusive membership. We are constantly hiring researchers, writers, editors and analysts to add to our team and become better than yesterday. If being a part of a fast growing community with an edge in today's market sounds interesting to you, then sign-up today and experience the full benefits of membership. EDITOR'S NOTES: 1. This is not company news. We are an independent source and our views do not reflect the companies mentioned. 2. 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