Walmart pays $180 million quarterly bonuses to employees early

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart gave hourly employees their quarterly bonuses early: totaling -- a $180 million payout Wednesday.

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The world’s largest retailer expedited the incentive pay and still plans to give associates their regularly scheduled quarterly bonus next month.

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“We’ve seen firsthand our associates’ unwavering focus to take care of customers and members while providing a vital service to communities during this time,” company officials said in a statement.

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Previously this month, the company gave hourly employees a $365 million cash bonus: $300 to full-time and $150 to part-time workers.

The company also said it has hired 200,000 new employees since March 19.