Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported March same-store sales.


* Reports March sales, updates guidance

* Sees total U.S. comps for the 13 weeks through may 1 at high end of range

* March total u.s. same-store sales rose total U.S. 1.4 percent, ex-fuel

* Says first quarter EPS forecasted at high end of ranges

* Says total company March sales $36.206 billion

* Says April four-week period is expected to benefit from the easter shift

* Says underlying strength at Sam's Club driven by sales of fresh food, dry

grocery and consumables

* March Thomson Reuters Estimates same-store sales view was up 3.2 percent,


* Says health and wellness, home, and grocery led comparable store sales growth

for the March period

* Says people are choosing to spend money in key discretionary categories

across the store at Wal Mart-U.S.

* Says previously forecasted range of one to three percent