INVENTORY Definition

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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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REPORTABLE CONDITION is a matter coming to the auditor's attention relating to SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES in the design or operation of the entitys internal control that could ADVERSLY AFFECT an entity's ability to fulfill future obligations with customers and/or the satisfaction of liabilities.

ACCRUAL ACCOUNTING see ACCRUAL BASIS OF ACCOUNTING.

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