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Definition of

preceding year


previous fiscal year the year before the fiscal year in question

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    Cash inflows and cash outflows over a specific period of time, typically a year.

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    Determining these estimates requires details of the gross profit margin (retailers typically use the preceding year’s figure). This figure is then used to calculate the cost ratio.

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  • Debt/Equity Ratio


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Definitions of ’preceding year’ and meaning of ’preceding year’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’preceding year’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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