Whole Foods Market Vs Safeway

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ACTG 4610 Annual Report Project Whole Foods Market, Inc. vs. Safeway Inc. Part I [pic] The Executive Chefs Valerie Baum, Ryan Hulme, Eric Kessler, Dan Munier TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2 1.1 Overview of Subject Company: Whole Foods Market, Inc. 2 1.2 Overview of Competitor Company: Safeway Inc. 2 2. BALANCE SHEET OVERVIEW 2 2.1 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies 3 2.2 Review of Total Assets 3 2.3 Review of Current Assets 3 2.3.1 Note about Inventories 4 2.3.2 Note about Investments 4 2.4 Review of Long Term Assets 4 2.4.1 Note about Goodwill and Intangible Assets 5 2.5 Review of Total Liabilities 5 2.6 Review of Current Liabilities 5 2.6.1 Note about Deferred…show more content…
Cost is determined using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method. Under the LIFO method, the cost assigned to items sold is based on the cost of the most recent items purchased. Cost is determined using the item cost method and the retail method for inventories. Safeway values its inventories at the lower of cost on a last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) basis or market value. All remaining inventory is valued at the lower of cost on a first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) basis or market value. The FIFO cost of inventory approximates replacement or current cost. The Company performs physical counts of perishable inventory in stores every four weeks and nonperishable inventory in stores and all distribution centers twice a year. The Company uses a combination of the retail inventory method and cost method to determine the cost of its inventory before any LIFO reserve is applied. The Company records an inventory shrink adjustment upon physical counts and also provides for estimated inventory shrink adjustments for the period between the last physical inventory and each balance sheet…show more content…
The decrease in expenses observed in 2009 was primarily due to cost-containment measures implemented at the Company’s global and regional offices beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008 (10-K, p. 20). Pre-opening Expenses, Relocation, Store Closure and Lease Termination Costs These expenses have been falling over the last few years. This decrease is due to the company’s consistently having relocated or closed fewer stores annually from 2008 to 2010. Interest Expense Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, has decreased by a small amount in the last few years. Interest expense for these years consists principally of interest expense on the term loan entered into on August 28, 2007 to finance the acquisition of Wild Oats Markets. The reduction in net interest expense in 2010 is primarily due to the repayment during the third quarter of the $210 million portion of the term loan that was not subject to an interest rate swap agreement (10-K, p. 20). 3.2.3 Depreciation

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