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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




APPAREL RETAILERS
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
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS 5 +62% -28% 29 -7% +28% 17 +36% +21% 17 -21% +18%
GAP 7 -9% -13% 39 -24% +17% 27 -7% +1% 19 -37% +26%
LIMITED BRANDS 4 +46% -9% 39 +2% -10% 19 +94% -3% 25 -21% -12%
GOODYS FAMILY CLOTHING 4 -27% -29% 59 +7% -0% 36 +10% -8% 28 -2% +2%
TJX 2 +9% -3% 53 +12% -4% 26 +6% -4% 29 +18% -4%
ANNTAYLOR STORES 3 +5% +10% 40 -19% -3% 12 -20% -10% 30 -17% +1%
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH 2 -72% +17% 43 +23% -15% 8 -6% -15% 36 +15% -11%
ROSS STORES 2 +18% -33% 78 +5% -3% 42 +2% +8% 39 +10% -15%
CHARMING SHOPPES 14 -5% +10% 50 -10% -7% 22 +10% -8% 41 -16% -1%
NEIMAN MARCUS 3 -11% +0% 81 -0% +4% 31 -7% +2% 53 +3% +5%
TALBOTS 41 +5% +26% 38 -8% -22% 11 +0% -41% 68 -2% +6%
JO ANN STORES 12 +4% +23% 85 -1% -23% 26 -10% -29% 71 +4% -14%
NORDSTROM 51 +13% -5% 51 -12% -8% 29 -9% +3% 73 +3% -10%
KOHL S 41 +3% -3% 57 -12% +11% 19 -32% +19% 79 +3% +2%
SAKS 13 -8% +18% 87 +12% -8% 19 +13% -4% 82 +8% -5%
MEN S WEARHOUSE 10 +4% -1% 102 -5% +11% 30 +21% +10% 82 -11% +9%
Sector Average 15 +6% +1% 54 -4% -1% 24 -0% +2% 45 -3% -1%

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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