Company Shrink Stats & Trends

In a previous article we provided statistics on our 28th Annual Retail Theft Survey which reported on over 1.2 million apprehensions taking place in just 25 large U.S. retail companies in 2015. These companies represented 21,288 stores with combined 2015 annual sales of over $700 billion.

Below are some additional company total statistics from that survey.

Shrink Trend 2015:
. 60.0% (15 of 25 retailers) had an increase in company shrink.
. 24.0% (06 of 25 retailers) had a decrease in company shrink.
. 16.0% (04 of 25 retailers) had no change in company shrink.

Shoplifting Apprehensions 2015:
. 52.0% (13 of 25 retailers) had an increase in apprehensions.
. 48.0% (12 of 25 retailers) had a decrease in apprehensions.

Shoplifting Apprehension Recovery Dollars 2015:
. 68.0% (17 of 25 retailers) had an increase in recovery dollars.
. 32.0% (08 of 25 retailers) had a decrease in recovery dollars.

Shoplifting Recoveries Without an Apprehension 2015:
. 81.2% (13 of 16 retailers) had an increase in recovery dollars.
. 18.8% (03 of 16 retailers) had a decrease in recovery dollars.
(Note: Only 16 of our 25 survey participants reported shoplifting recoveries without an apprehension in 2015.)

Dishonest Employee Apprehensions 2015:
. 56.0% (14 of 25 retailers) had an increase in apprehensions.
. 44.0% (11 of 25 retailers) had a decrease in apprehensions.
. One out of every 38.0 employees was apprehended for theft from their employers in 2015. (Based on almost 3 million employees.)

Dishonest Employee Apprehension Recovery Dollars 2015:
. 48.0% (12 of 25 retailers) had an increase in recovery dollars.
. 52.0% (13 of 25 retailers) had a decrease in recovery dollars.

Unaccounted-for Theft Losses:
For every $1 recovered by our survey participants, $19.61 was lost to retail theft. Therefore, only 5.1% of total retail theft loses resulted in a recovery.

(Note: Statistics for our 28th Annual Retail Theft Survey can be found on our website at: http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/
There is also a downloadable and printable PDF version of the survey which contains some thoughts behind the numbers.) $

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