Trade unions are trying to force Wal-Mart Germany to publish its accounts, according to local press reports. Wal-Mart does not publish detailed profit and loss figures, so analysts and investors remain in the dark about the extent of its losses in Germany after five years. The company said its performance was improving, but would give no indication of when it expected to break even. In a conference call following its first quarter sales in May, Wal-Mart was upbeat about its German operation, claiming operating losses were "less than planned" and like-for-like sales growth was in the low single digits ­ twice the industry average. {{NEWS }}