Department Stores
NAICS 452111: This U.S. industry comprises establishments known as department stores that have separate departments for various
merchandise lines, such as apparel, jewelry, home furnishings, and linens, each with separate cash registers and sales associates.
Department stores in this industry generally do not have central customer checkout and cash register facilities.


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  • The segments featured at The ROI reflect the definitions and designations of the North American Industrial Classification System.
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    Pre-Tax Profit • Gross Margin • Inventory Turnover • Debt-to-Worth Ratio • Current Ratio • Return on Assets 
  • The ROI presents 5-Year Trend Charts of only the median value reported for each of these key ratios. 
  • Retailers may need to examine the benchmark numbers in more than one segment to get perspective on their own store's performance, particularly if their store does not exactly fit the NAICS category.

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Based on the Retail Benchmarks, The Retail Owners Institute has calculated the average GMROI for each of the retail segments. Now, any retailer, anywhere, can quickly see: How do your stores compare?

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