ACQUISITION COST Definition

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ACQUISITION COST is the amount, net of both trade and cash discounts, paid for property, plus transportation costs and ancillary costs.

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EARNINGS MANAGEMENT occurs when managers use judgment in financial reporting and in structuring transactions to alter financial reports to either mislead some stakeholders about the underlying economic performance of the company, or to influence contractual outcomes that depend on reported accounting numbers.

SHRINKAGE is: 1. the amount by which something shrinks; 2. process or result of becoming less or smaller (Example: "The material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage") or, 3. the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store (Example: "Shrinkage" is the retail trades euphemism for shoplifting).

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