Staples (SPLS)

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Staples Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

25.66% for Jan. 31, 2014

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Jan. 31, 2014 25.66%
Oct. 31, 2013 27.07%
July 31, 2013 25.58%
April 30, 2013 25.99%
Jan. 31, 2013 26.18%
Oct. 31, 2012 27.57%
July 31, 2012 26.12%
April 30, 2012 26.56%
Jan. 31, 2012 26.97%
Oct. 31, 2011 28.10%
July 31, 2011 26.47%
April 30, 2011 26.51%
Jan. 31, 2011 27.47%
Oct. 31, 2010 27.59%
July 31, 2010 26.43%
April 30, 2010 26.73%
Jan. 31, 2010 27.44%
Oct. 31, 2009 27.10%
July 31, 2009 25.74%
April 30, 2009 26.23%
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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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SPLS Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Companies
Amazon.com 26.50%
Office Depot 23.72%
Best Buy 20.05%

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

Minimum 25.58% Jul 2013
Maximum 28.10% Oct 2011
Average 26.67%
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