Ask a Fool: What Is Net Margin?
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In the following video, Fool.com analyst Austin Smith explains net margin, which is a company's net income divided by revenue or sales. It's important to note that net margins vary wildly by industry. For example, grocery stores have notoriously slim net margins, while software companies' are very high -- compare Safeway's net margin of 1.2% with Microsoft's at 23%. Watch the following video to learn why this is the case, plus all you need to know about calculating and interpreting net margins.
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