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2004 Working Capital Survey Tables
Days sales outstanding, days inventory outstanding, days payables outstanding, and days working capital in 67 industry sectors.
CFO Staff, CFO Magazine




AIR FREIGHT COURIERS
COMPANY DSO DIO DPO DWC
2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL 62 +2% -2% 0 N/M N/M 41 +5% -9% 21 -4% +13%
FEDEX 43 -3% -5% 4 -17% -11% 19 -6% -14% 27 -4% +1%
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE 53 -2% -5% 0 N/M N/M 22 -2% +7% 31 -2% -13%
Sector Average 49 -2% -5% 1 -16% -11% 22 -3% -1% 29 -3% -8%


AIRLINES
COMPANY DSO DIO DPO DWC
2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01 2003 Change '03 - '02 Change '02 - '01
AMERICA WEST 13 -15% -24% 9 -5% +9% 34 +4% -27% -12 -50% +51%
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES 17 +1% -0% 8 -27% -3% 35 -14% -2% -10 +24% +2%
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO 8 -30% +146% 16 +20% +5% 25 +4% -28% -1 N/M N/M
US AIRWAYS 13 +9% -4% 10 -0% +9% 20 +61% +13% 3 -68% -10%
EXPRESSJET 1 +145% -70% 7 -21% -36% 1 -52% -52% 7 +4% -33%
AMR 17 -8% -33% 11 -18% -16% 20 -20% -26% 7 +19% -30%
NORTHWEST AIRLINES 18 -28% +35% 10 -18% +8% 21 -17% -2% 7 -40% +176%
ALASKA AIR 18 -12% +45% 11 -9% -3% 20 -8% +4% 9 -17% +90%
UAL 25 +23% -15% 7 -11% +6% 13 +84% +4% 18 -12% -14%
ATA 29 +16% +15% 11 -22% +7% 6 -10% -12% 34 +4% +19%
Sector Average 17 +0% -8% 9 -9% -5% 20 -2% -11% 7 -8% +8%

All data based on public financials and adjusted as needed for comparability.

DSO: Days Sales Outstanding
DIO: Days Inventory Outstanding
DPO: Days Payables Outstanding
DWC: Days Working Capital
* Adjusted for effects of securitization
N/M: Not meaningful

Source: REL Consultancy Group



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