### Western Union (WU)

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# Western Union Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

41.92% for Sept. 30, 2013

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## Western Union Historical Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Data

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Sept. 30, 2013 41.92%
June 30, 2013 41.43%
March 31, 2013 42.70%
Dec. 31, 2012 42.63%
Sept. 30, 2012 43.99%
June 30, 2012 44.04%
March 31, 2012 43.81%
Dec. 31, 2011 44.64%
Sept. 30, 2011 43.29%
June 30, 2011 44.07%
March 31, 2011 41.90%
Dec. 31, 2010 42.26%
Sept. 30, 2010 43.40%
June 30, 2010 42.85%
March 31, 2010 42.03%
Dec. 31, 2009 41.94%

Sept. 30, 2009 43.49%
June 30, 2009 44.17%
March 31, 2009 44.30%
Dec. 31, 2008 41.98%
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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.