Profitability - examples
Supermarkets and fine art dealers
Profit and profitability vary considerably from industry to industry. Consider the example of a national supermarket, and a New York Fine Art Gallery. They differ in many ways shown in the table below
|Supermarket chain||Fine Art Dealer|
|Profit to sales||Low||High|
How well is each one doing? We need to see many accounts, plus information for other firms in the same industry. All ratios are relative.
Now really is the time for you to go and collect some data. Work on the web and find the profitability ratios for as many firms as you can. One possible source to get hold of the ratios and some practice is the Biz/ed ratio analysis section. Pick ones in a range of industries. The shares page in a good newspaper will also give you a lead. Use their headings; there are many of them.