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MSCI Gross Profit Margin Quarterly:

68.17% for March 31, 2013
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March 31, 2013 68.17%
Dec. 31, 2012 69.97%
Sept. 30, 2012 70.97%
June 30, 2012 69.30%
March 31, 2012 68.44%
Dec. 31, 2011 69.43%
Sept. 30, 2011 69.35%
June 30, 2011 69.60%
March 31, 2011 68.55%
Nov. 30, 2010 67.59%
Aug. 31, 2010 65.60%
May 31, 2010 75.66%

Feb. 28, 2010 75.93%
Nov. 30, 2009 72.88%
Aug. 31, 2009 74.05%
May 31, 2009 73.24%
Feb. 28, 2009 72.68%
Nov. 30, 2008 68.19%
Aug. 31, 2008 74.52%
May 31, 2008 72.26%
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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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FactSet Research Systems 64.41%
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