Walmart looks to shake winter with sales push

Bad weather kept shoppers away this winter, retail giant Walmart says.
By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer Published: March 21, 2014

— Walmart is hoping the same storms that kept shoppers away in the winter, will bring them back in the spring.

Starting Friday, Walmart is having a weeklong sale on more than 60 outdoor items.

The world’s largest retailer said the move, which pits it against home-improvement rivals Home Depot and Lowe’s, is aimed at luring shoppers who are looking to restore patios and gardens that were battered by severe winter weather.

Retailers don’t typically discount new spring merchandise so quickly and aggressively, opting instead to reduce prices throughout the season.

Experts predict other retailers likely will also discount outdoor items. Associated Press