Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated announced today that it expects its third quarter earnings to be at the high end of its forecast of 52 to 54 cents per share. The Bentonville-based retail giant announced today that its overall sales for October were ten-point-four percent higher than a year ago. But in stores open at least a year, sales grew at a slower rate than they did last October. Wal-Mart says that it didn`t meet its sales goals for its third quarter, but says its profits were higher than expected. So the company expects healthy numbers when it releases its quarterly earnings report on November 16th.