CONSIGNMENT is when goods are offered for sale on behalf of another without the seller actually purchasing or taking title to the goods. Only when there is a subsequent sale does the owner receive any payment.
INDUSTRY ANALYSIS includes, but is not limited to: a. Definition of the industry; b. Industry Life Cycle - growth, maturity or decline; c. Industry History - how old is the industry; d. In-depth historical financial performance ratio analysis; e. Industry Trends - cyclical or seasonal, increased competition etc.; f. Industry Influential Factors - does economy, government, or competition effect industry; g. Primary Competitors along with entry risk and barriers to entry; and, h. Projected Industry Sales - total sales in the industry.
INVENTORY for companies: includes raw materials, items available for sale or in the process of being made ready for sale (work in process) for securities: it is securities bought and held by a broker or dealer for resale. A firm that has a sustainable competitive advantage has an inventory and net earnings are rising on a corresponding basis. Inventories that spike up/down are indicative of competitive industries prone to boom/bust.
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