CORE BUSINESS is the sector(s) of business activity that is the reason or purpose for being, e.g. providing communications services within a telephone company would be considered core, while real estate holdings and the securities investment portfolio will likely be considered non-core business activities.
DEPARTMENTAL ACCOUNTING is where departments within an entity have varying degrees of autonomy, but are not usually separated geographically from the rest of the business. They may be concerned with manufacturing or, in the case of a department store, with retailing. Departmental accounts usually include a trading account and may also include a profit and loss account to which overheads are allocated or imputed.
FLOTATION COST is the percentage cost of issuing new common stock.
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