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Costco Wholesale Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

12.40% for Feb. 28, 2014

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Feb. 28, 2014 12.40%
Nov. 30, 2013 12.76%
Aug. 31, 2013 12.52%
May 31, 2013 12.64%
Feb. 28, 2013 12.48%
Nov. 30, 2012 12.60%
Aug. 31, 2012 12.44%
May 31, 2012 12.46%
Feb. 29, 2012 12.31%
Nov. 30, 2011 12.47%
Aug. 31, 2011 12.41%
May 31, 2011 12.39%
Feb. 28, 2011 12.65%
Nov. 30, 2010 12.90%
Aug. 31, 2010 12.85%
May 31, 2010 12.86%
Feb. 28, 2010 12.52%
Nov. 30, 2009 12.82%
Aug. 31, 2009 12.81%
May 31, 2009 12.84%
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About Gross Profit Margin

A gross profit margin is the difference between sales and the cost of goods sold divided by revenue. This represents the percentage of each dollar of a company's revenue available after accounting for cost of goods sold.

If a company produces phones and earns $32 million in sales but pays $24 million for the items sold, then the company's gross profit margin would be ($32M - $24M) / $32M = 25 percent.

Cutting costs result in higher gross profit margins. If a company sells phones for 500 dollars and the cost of the producing the phone is $250, the current gross profit margin is 50 percent ((500-250)/500). If the company is able to reduce production costs from $250 to $200, the gross profit margin is 60 percent ((500-200)/500).

Note : Profit margins are very dependent on sector. Companies that sell bland potato chips may not have very high margins, but will sell a sizable quantity of potato chips. A company that sells consulting services will likely have higher profit margins, but sell lower quantities.
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COST Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Companies
Wal-Mart Stores 24.47%
Target 26.94%
Family Dollar Stores 33.21%

COST Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 12.31% Feb 2012
Maximum 12.90% Nov 2010
Average 12.61%
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