Markup to Margin

Converting markup to margin involves a simple formula using sales and cost of goods sold.

The markup refers to the percentage increase in sales price over the cost of the item.

The margin is expressed as a percentage of the sales price that is profit.

Both terms examine the same information but from different angles.

To calculate markup to margin, use the following formula:

Margin = Markup/(1+Markup)

Here is a markup to margin example:

If a toy truck costs $12 and sells for $24, the markup is $12 or 100%. This percentage is the expressed as a real number in the formula. In this case, it is 1.

Margin = 1/(1+1)
Margin = 1/2
Multiply this amount by 100% for the margin percentage, 50%.

To determine markup from margin, the following formula can be applied:

markup to marginMarkup = (Sale Price – Cost)/Cost
Multiplied by 100 gives you the markup percentage.

Another margin to markup formula is the reverse of the markup to margin formula shown above:

Markup = Margin/(1-Margin)

You can mark something up infinitely, and end up with 1000% or more markups if your customers can tolerate those price points. Margins, however, represent fractions of the retail cost, so they will always be expressed as percentages equal to one hundred or less.

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