task profitability ratios case 8-7

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case 8-7 in the gibson text using excel.
case 8-7 name the industry
with this case, a comparison is made between three firms in different industries using net
profit margin, total asset turnover and current ratio.
net profit margin total asset turnover current ratio
firm a 1.67% 3.40 times 1.16
firm b 21.48% 1.06 times 2.01
firm c 4.44% 1.49 times 1.71

1. apple
fiscal year 2010 ended september 25, 2010, and consisted of 52 weeks “apple, inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively “apple” or the “company”) designs, manufactures and markets a range of personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, and sells a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications.” 10-k
source: apple, 2010 10-k

2. costco wholesale corporation
fiscal year ended august 29, 2010, and consisted of 52 weeks “we operate membership warehouses based on the concept that offering our members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and selected private-label products in a wide range of merchandise categories will produce high sales volumes and rapid inventory turnover.” 10-k
source: costco wholesale corporation 2010 10-k

3. target corporation
fiscal year 2010 ended january 29, 2011, and consisted of 52 weeks “our retail segment includes all of our merchandising operations, including our fully integrated online business. we offer everyday essentials and fashionable, differentiated merchandise at discounted prices.” 10-k
source: target corporation 2010 10-k
a. which firm is firm a? comment on your reasons.
b. which firm is firm b? comment on your reasons.
c. which firm is firm c? comment on your reasons.
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