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By The Numbers: Grim Figures No Reason to Despair



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[h3]Grim Figures No Reason to Despair[/h3]

[dropcap cap=T]he November figures from our survey group certainly make grim reading. Still, they’re no reason to despair, although they suggest you’re going to have to get creative with  your average retail value, achieved margin, purchases and expenses. If your sales are down by say 20 percent, then your average retail value needs to be increased by 20 percent — e.g. an $80 item needs to become a $96 item — to keep your numbers up. If you can manage only a 10 percent increase in your average retail value then you need to boost your margin to make up for the lost gross profit. You’ve got work to do![/dropcap]




David Brown is president of the Edge Retail Academy, an organization devoted to the ongoing measurement and growth of jewelry store performance and profitability. You can contact him at [email protected].

[span class=note]This story is from the February 2009 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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