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Wal-Mart Stores Inc  (NYSE:WMT) Cost of Goods Sold: \$364,436 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2017)

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was \$91,521 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2017 was \$364,436 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Gross Margin % for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was 25.81%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was 2.11.

Historical Data

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

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Annual Data

 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Cost of Goods Sold 352,297.00 358,069.00 365,086.00 360,984.00 361,256.00

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Quarterly Data

 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Cost of Goods Sold 89,485.00 87,484.00 97,743.00 87,688.00 91,521.00

Calculation

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

Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2017 was 87484 (Oct. 2016 ) + 97743 (Jan. 2017 ) + 87688 (Apr. 2017 ) + 91521 (Jul. 2017 ) = \$364,436 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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Gross Margin % for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin % = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (123355 - 91521) / 123355 = 25.81 %

* 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:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Total Inventories = 91521 / 43401.5 = 2.11

* 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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