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Dell: Liquidity, inventory turnover ratio, DuPont analysis

1. What has happened to Dell's liquidity position over the past 3 years? How does Dell's liquidity compare with that of its peers?
2. Take a look at Dell's inventory turnover ratio. How does this ratio compare with that of its peers? Have there been any interesting changes over time in this measure? Do you consider Dell's inventory management to be a strength or a weakness? Explain.
3. Construct a DuPont analysis for Dell and its peers. What are Dell's strengths and weaknesses compared to those of its competitors?

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Your tutorial shows Dell's current ratio, inventory turnover and DuPont return on assets (return on sales and asset turnover) for 2009, 2010 and 2011. These ratios are compared to the same ratios for HP and IBM, Dell's peers. The comparisons are discussed in a paragraph in Excel. See attached for computations and discussion.

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