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Staples Inc (NAS:SPLS)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$15,171 Mil (TTM As of Oct. 2016)

Staples Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was \$3,912 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2016 was \$15,171 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Staples Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was 26.95%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Staples Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 was 1.84.

Definition

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

Staples Inc Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2016 was 3886 (Jan. 2016 ) + 3813 (Apr. 2016 ) + 3560 (Jul. 2016 ) + 3912 (Oct. 2016 ) = \$15,171 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Explanation

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

Staples Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (5355 - 3912) / 5355 = 26.95 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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:

Staples Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 3912 / 2126 = 1.84

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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 local exchange's currency.

Staples Inc Annual Data

 Jan07 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 COGS 12,967 13,822 16,837 17,802 17,600 17,975 17,889 17,082 16,691 15,545

Staples Inc Quarterly Data

 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 COGS 3,912 4,366 4,170 3,915 3,673 4,071 3,886 3,813 3,560 3,912
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