REAL Definition

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REAL, dependent upon usage, means either 1. in economics, refers to measures such as cost, price and income, which are corrected for inflation over time in order to permit a comparison of actual purchasing power; or, 2. actual cost, as opposed to nominal.

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INVENTORY PROFITS is a capital-gains-like element in profits. It results from an increase in inventory prices.

CASH COVERAGE RATIO see CASH DEBT COVERAGE RATIO.

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