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Key Numbers for Retailers

Martec International (a retail consulting firm) and Microsoft Business Solutions recently produced a report on How to Get the Numbers That Matter in Retail: “The objective of this white paper is to review various aspects of retail financial management and to … Continue reading

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How Good Are Walmart’s Debt Ratios? Very!!

For a while now, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s financial performance across several measures, especially in the United States, has not been up to the expectations of stock analysts — or the retailer’s own senior executives. Consider these recent headlines:  “Walmart Slashes … Continue reading

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Rocky Seas for Wal-Mart

Although Wal-Mart is still by far the world’s largest retailer, it has faced some stormy seas in recent years. U.S. store sales are stagnant. Earnings have been tight. Competition from dollar stores and from online retailers has taken its toll. … Continue reading

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Chain Store Age Cover Story: What CFOs Need to Know

Chief financial officers (CFOs) have a lot to do with measuring and managing retailers’ financial performance. In the latest issue of Chain Store Age, there is special coverage of the retail CFO. Click the image to access the story (which … Continue reading

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Free Data from the Retail Owners Institute

The Retail Owners Institute provides a lot of free and inexpensive data through its Web site. While the data are valuable to retailers of any size, the site is very good for small retailers because of the pricing: “The ROI … Continue reading

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Retail Finance Quiz: How Would You Do?

Check out these two financial management quizzes from the Retail Owners Institute. Test yourself. 🙂 : The ROI’s Quick Quiz for Retailers: The Income Statement The ROI’s Quick Quiz for Retailers: The Balance Sheet Just click here.  

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Tesco Exits the United States

British firm Tesco is one of the largest and most popular retailers in the world. Nonetheless, after a much publicized, highly anticipated, and rather recent entry into the United States marketplace, Tesco has decided to leave the U.S. As reported … Continue reading

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