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What is ‘Cost of Goods Sold’

An article describing the basic elements of the cost of goods sold section of a Profit and Loss statement. The article identifies the respective elements and provides examples of various formats. This is a basic introduction for the begginer or new entrepreneur.

Definition of Contribution Margin

04/06/2013

Contribution margin is a core business concept and is often used in cost accounting to identify the amount of financial contribution a sold product provides to the company.  Simply put, contribution margin is the sales price less the direct costs [...]

How is Cost of Goods Sold in Retail Determined?

02/16/2013

Each industry is different in determining costs of goods sold or cost of services rendered.  Retail uses two distinct methods to calculate costs of goods sold.  The first is called ‘Specific Identification’ whereby each item sold is [...]

What is ‘Cost of Goods Sold’?

12/20/2012

Simply put, ‘cost of goods sold’ equals the direct costs of materials, human resources, and equipment needed to produce the item sold.  However, this can be confusing because there are many marginal cost items that affect the real cost of [...]

What is the Difference between Markup and Margin?

12/08/2012

Mark Up Calculator It is amazing how one simple formula can be so confusing to the average business owner.  The formula is markup.  It is defined as the dollar amount or percentage of the cost of the item added to the item to equal its sales [...]

Cost Accounting – Case Study

11/26/2012

“Pull out your checkbook”.  “OK” the client responds.  I continue, “Now write out a check for $200, and leave the ‘Pay to’ spot blank.  The next time a customer for restoration work calls, get their name and address, write [...]