Another interruption is the last thing Wal-Mart needs at a time when it's beginning to turnaround its business.
The discounter had struggled during the U.S. economic downturn as its core low-income customers were hard hit by joblessness and other challenges in the weak economy. At the same time, its namesake U.S. unit had veered away from its "everyday low prices" strategy and got rid of popular merchandise.
But Wal-Mart last year began adding back 10,000 products and refocused on keeping prices low. Its strategy is just beginning to pay off.
Wal-Mart reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit. Its U.S. namesake unit, which accounts for 60 percent of net sales, turned in its best performance in three years. And its shares have recovered to trade around $65 after falling by more than 7 percent right after the bribery allegations surfaced.
But the accusations still threaten to distract the retailer at a critical time when it's trying to continue its momentum. For its part, Wal-Mart officials have said in recent weeks that the accusations haven't impacted its plans for growth in the U.S. or overseas.
"It's not distracting any senior management from carrying out our day to day duties," said Jeff Gearhart, Wal-Mart's general counsel said on Friday.
AP Retail Writer Mae Anderson contributed to this report.
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