Target Financial Summary

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Target Corporation is the second largest discount store retailer in the United States following Walmart. Target provides high-quality, trendy merchandise at logical prices. As of today, Target has more than 1800 retail stores and 38 distribution centers in the United States. The first official store was opened in 1962 in Roseville Minnesota and have thrived every since. I will be analyzing Target’s financial statements and communicating the results to our decision makers (Target 2017). Regarding Target’s initial financial start, Target was founded by George Draper Dayton, who was as a banker and real estate investor. Dayton attended a church that eventually burnt down during the Panic of 1893, and next to that church was an empty lot. They asked Dayton to purchase it, and he built a six story building on it, which was eventually called Dayton Dry Goods Company in 1903. In 1962, John F. Geisse developed the idea of an upscale discount store and renamed the store Target. During the initial years, the Target store lost money and had reported more liabilities and debt than revenue, but then reported it’s first gain in 1965 when sales reached almost $39 million. By then, they had opened up a fifth store in Minneapolis (Nolen 2014). By analyzing the equity…show more content…
The reason for this decline may be because of its newest competitor, Amazon. Online retailers have became much more popular in recent years, and Target is starting to lose one of the few remaining competitive advantages that they had (Lam 2017). It also may have declined based on the boycott initiated by customers for political reasons. There was a lot of controversy around Target’s new bathroom policy that was implemented for transgender individuals. There has been a report that revenue has diminished, because they thought Target was becoming too “political”, and they decided to shop in other department stores (Steward

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