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Two of the largest chains of clothing stores in the United States are The Gap, Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. In fiscal 2011, Gap had net income of $833 million, and Abercrombie & Fitch had net income of $128 million. It is difficult to judge from these figures alone which company is more profitable because they do not take into account the relative sales, sizes, and investments of the companies. Data (in millions) needed for a complete financial analysis of the two companies follow:


1. Determine which company was more profitable by computing profit margin, asset turnover, the debt to equity ratio, return on assets, and return on equity for the two companies. Comment on the relative profitability of the two companies. (Round to one decimal place or the nearest tenth of a percent.)
2. What do the ratios tell you about the factors that go into achieving an adequate return on assets in the clothing retail industry? For industry data, refer to the graphs in the ratio boxes throughout the chapter.
3. How would you characterize the use of debt financing in the clothing retail industry and the use of debt by these twocompanies?


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