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Staples Inc (NAS:SPLS)
Days Sales Outstanding
46.18 (As of Jan. 2017)

Staples Inc's account receivable for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was $1,538 Mil. Staples Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was $3,039 Mil. Hence, Staples Inc's days sales outstanding for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was 46.18.

SPLS' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.49   Max: 35.75
Current: 30.77

15.49
35.75

During the past 13 years, Staples Inc's highest Days Sales Outstanding was 35.75. The lowest was 15.49. And the median was 29.33.

SPLS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
67% of the 635 Companies
in the Global Specialty Retail industry.

( Industry Median: 13.84 vs. SPLS: 30.77 )

Staples Inc's days sales outstanding declined from Jan. 2016 (47.36) to Jan. 2017 (46.18).


Definition

Days sales outstanding measures of the average number of days that a company takes to collect revenue after a sale has been made. It is a financial ratio that illustrates how well a company's accounts receivables are being managed.

Account receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding.

Staples Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as

Days Sales Outstanding=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=1538/18247*365
=30.77

Staples Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=1538/3039*365 / 4
=46.18

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


Explanation

For retailers, when we compare Days Sales Outstanding, it is important to compare the same period in the previous years.


Related Terms

Account Receivable, Revenue


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

Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16Jan17
DaysSalesOutstanding 15.4929.1127.2429.5530.1027.1829.0435.7530.0130.77

Staples Inc Quarterly Data

Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17
DaysSalesOutstanding 30.0761.7732.3434.4232.0947.3633.0234.7231.7846.18
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