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By The Numbers: Grim Figures No Reason to Despair




By The Numbers: Grim Figures No Reason to Despair

THE 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!

By The Numbers: Grim Figures No Reason to Despair

This story is from the February 2009 edition of INSTORE.

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It’s Going to Set Us Up Very Nicely for Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life. And if you’re like most jewelers contemplating retirement, you’re hoping that your going-out-of-business sale will add to your nest egg — with minimal complications. That’s exactly what Doug and Jacki Friedrich, fourth-generation owners of Friedrich Jewelers Inc., of Vernon, Conn., experienced when they selected Wilkerson to run their sale. “Jewelers who are contemplating a sale should go with Wilkerson because of their experience,” says Doug. And with financial goals “exceeding expectations,” the couple can now focus on enjoying the next chapter of their lives. “It’s going to set us up very nicely for retirement,” says Jacki. “The money’s coming in and we have no complaints. It’s been wonderful.”

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