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Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT)
Days Sales Outstanding
4.08 (As of Apr. 2017)

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's account receivable for the three months ended in Apr. 2017 was $5,252 Mil. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Apr. 2017 was $117,542 Mil. Hence, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's days sales outstanding for the three months ended in Apr. 2017 was 4.08.

WMT' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.51   Max: 5.27
Current: 3.93

3.51
5.27

During the past 13 years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's highest Days Sales Outstanding was 5.27. The lowest was 3.51. And the median was 4.39.

WMT's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
76% of the 268 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.41 vs. WMT: 3.93 )

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's days sales outstanding stayed the same from Apr. 2016 (4.08) to Apr. 2017 (4.08).


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.

Wal-Mart Stores 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
=5835/485873*365
=4.38

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2017 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=5252/117542*365 / 4
=4.08

* 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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Annual Data

Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16Jan17
DaysSalesOutstanding 3.513.523.714.404.855.275.125.094.264.38

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Quarterly Data

Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17Apr17
DaysSalesOutstanding 4.704.624.003.903.964.083.984.134.074.08
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