EARNINGS RETENTION is the proportion of net income that is not paid in dividends. A firm earning $80 million after taxes and paying dividends of $20 million has a retention rate of $60 million/$80 million, or 75%. A high retention rate makes it more likely a firms income and dividends will grow in future years.
COUNT is to enumerate some characteristic such as the number of items in inventory.
SAME STORE SALES is used when analyzing the retail industry. It compares sales in stores which have been open for a year or more.
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