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Target Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

26.94% for Jan. 31, 2014

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Jan. 31, 2014 26.94%
Oct. 31, 2013 29.70%
July 31, 2013 31.38%
April 30, 2013 30.79%
Jan. 31, 2013 30.35%
Oct. 31, 2012 31.04%
July 31, 2012 32.03%
April 30, 2012 30.86%
Jan. 31, 2012 28.84%
Oct. 31, 2011 31.26%
July 31, 2011 32.52%
April 30, 2011 31.43%
Jan. 31, 2011 29.21%
Oct. 31, 2010 31.05%
July 31, 2010 32.35%
April 30, 2010 31.43%
Jan. 31, 2010 28.89%
Oct. 31, 2009 30.54%
July 31, 2009 31.63%
April 30, 2009 30.43%
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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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TGT Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Companies
Wal-Mart Stores 24.47%
Costco Wholesale 12.40%
Dollar Tree Stores 36.92%

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

Minimum 26.94% Jan 2014
Maximum 32.52% Jul 2011
Average 30.63%
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