How is Cost of Goods Sold in Retail Determined?

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 specifically identified to its recorded cost. The second method is referred to as ‘Inventory Adjustment’ format. In this method, a beginning and ending balance is recorded along with the purchases throughout the year. There are many variations of this method when the price paid for the purchase of inventory varies throughout the accounting period. These variations include First In First Out (FIFO), Last In First Out (LIFO) and Average Costing.

How is Cost of Goods Sold in Retail Determined?

Cost of Goods Sold

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 specifically identified to its recorded cost. The second method is referred to as ‘Inventory Adjustment’ format. In this method, a beginning and ending balance is recorded along with the purchases throughout the year.

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