Li & Fung Plunges After Wal-Mart Predicts Earnings Decline

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By Stephanie Wong

Li & Fung Ltd., the global sourcing company, dropped the most in more than four months in Hong Kong trading after its biggest customer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., predicteda decline in annual earnings.

The Hong Kong-based company plunged as much as 7 percent to HK$5.86, the biggest intraday loss since May 26. The city’s Hang Seng Index gained 0.9 percent. Wal-Mart shares tumbled 10 percent at the close in New York Wednesday, the biggest one-day drop since January 1988.

Earnings will decrease 6 percent to 12 percent in fiscal 2017, which ends in January of that year, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said at its investor day on Wednesday. Analysts had estimated a gain of 4 percent on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The dour outlook follows a protracted sales slump at Wal-Mart’s U.S. stores and mounting concern that the chain is losing ground to online competition such as Amazon.com Inc.

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