They are abandoning the big-box concept in favor of stores with a smaller footprint. Where once the thinking was to wring as many sales as possible out of a given space, now managers are trying to squeeze every bit of margin they can out of just the most profitable parts of their business.
Operating margins are also critical for stock evaluation, particularly in the retail sector. However, with an operating margin of 6.25 percent Staples once again loses out to OfficeMax, which boasts a margin of 10.74 percent. Office Depot is once again the loser with a margin of -0.33 percent