comparable store sales
A comparison of sales figures at established stores with existing "track records." (Also called same-store sales.)
A debit balance account that is offset against revenue int he income statement. Examples include Sales Discounts and Sales Returns and Allowances.
cost of goods sold
The cost to a merchandising company of the goods it has sold to its customers during the period.
gross profit margin
Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales. Also called gross profit rate.
The loss of merchandise through such causes as shoplifting, breakage, and spoilage.
Gross sales revenue less sales returns and allowances and sales discounts. The most widely used measure of dollar sales volume; usually the first figure shown in an income statement.
The repeating sequences of transactions by which a business generates its revenue and cash receipts from customers.
periodic inventory system
An alternative to the perpetual inventory system. It eliminates the need for recording the cost of goods sold as sales occur. However, the amounts of inventory and the cost of goods sold are not known until a complete physical inventory is taken at year-end.
perpetual inventory system
A system of accounting for merchandising transactions in which the Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold accounts are kept perpetually up-to-date.
Electronic cash registers used for computer-based processing of sales transactions.
An accounting record or device designed for recording large numbers of a particular type of transaction quickly efficiently. A business may use many different kinds of special journals.
A ledger containing separate accounts for each of the of the items making up the balance of a control account in the general ledger. The total of the account balances in a subsidiary ledger are equal to the balance in the general ledger control account.