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Dell Inc (NAS:DELL)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$45,206 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2013)

Dell Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Jul. 2013 was \$11,825 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2013 was \$45,206 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Dell Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Jul. 2013 was 18.53%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Dell Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jul. 2013 was 8.28.

Definition

Cost of goods sold (COGS) refers to the Inventory costs of those goods a business has sold during a particular period.

Dell Inc Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2013 was 10849 (Oct. 2012 ) + 11205 (Jan. 2013 ) + 11327 (Apr. 2013 ) + 11825 (Jul. 2013 ) = \$45,206 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Explanation

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin.

Dell Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Jul. 2013 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (14514 - 11825) / 14514 = 18.53 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

A company that has a moat can usually maintain or even expand their Gross Margin. A company can increase its Gross Margin in two ways. It can increase the prices of the goods it sells and keeps its Cost of Goods Sold unchanged. Or it can keep the sales price unchanged and squeeze its suppliers to reduce the Cost of Goods Sold. Warren Buffett believes businesses with the power to raise prices have moats.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to another concept called Inventory Turnover:

Dell Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jul. 2013 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 11825 / 1427.5 = 8.28

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. A higher inventory turnover means the company has light inventory. Therefore the company spends less money on storage, write downs, and obsolete inventory. If the inventory is too light, it may affect sales because the company may not have enough to meet demand.

Usually retailers pile up their inventories at holiday seasons to meet the stronger demand. Therefore, the inventory of a particular quarter of a year should not be used to calculate inventory turnover. An average inventory is a better indication.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Dell Inc Annual Data

 Jan04 Jan05 Jan06 Jan07 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 COGS 33,892 40,103 45,897 47,904 49,462 50,144 43,641 50,098 48,260 44,754

Dell Inc Quarterly Data

 Apr11 Jul11 Oct11 Jan12 Apr12 Jul12 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 COGS 11,585 12,133 11,896 12,646 11,355 11,345 10,849 11,205 11,327 11,825
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