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Apple Inc income statement common-size data

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I need help answering a couple of questions dealing with Apple Inc and Microsoft. I have Apple's FY 2009 data but don't have Microsoft's.

1. How does Apple Inc income statement common-size data and the profitability ratios differ from Microsoft's? Based on annual report data, why might these differences exist?

2. What balance sheet and liquidity ratios differ from competitor? Based on annual report data, why might these differences exist?

3. Do the operational ratios compare favorable to the competitor?

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4. In your opinion, how does the company compare to the competitor? What are the primary differences? What factors explain the reasons for these differences?

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1. How does Apple Inc's income statement common-size data and the profitability ratios differ from Microsoft's? Based on annual report data, why might these differences exist?

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a range of software products for computing devices. It provides consulting and product support services, and trains and certifies computer system integrators and developers. Microsoft Corporation sells the Xbox 360 video game console and games, the Zune digital music and entertainment device, PC games, and peripherals. Online offerings and information are delivered through its Live Search, Windows Live, Office Live, and MSN portals and channels. The Company enables the delivery of online advertising through its adCenter platform. The Company has five segments: Client, Server and Tools, the Online Services Business, the Microsoft Business Division, and the Entertainment and Devices Division. (Reuters, 2009) It has following divisions:

* Client
* Server and Tools
* Online Services Business
* Microsoft Business Division
* ...

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Response helps in computing Apple Inc income statement common-size data and the profitability ratios

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