Finance Formulas / July 18, 2018 / Rory Wise
Economic profit or loss is most useful when comparing multiple outcomes and making a decision between these outcomes. This is especially true for decisions with multiple variables that affect and do not affect accounting profit. For instance, one decision may result in a higher accounting profit, but after other variables are considered, the economic profit of another decision may be higher.
Conversely, firms in sectors, such as utilities and telecommunications, which have large asset bases will have lower asset turnover. Since this ratio can vary widely from one industry to the next, considering the asset turnover ratios of a retail company and a telecommunications company will not make for an accurate comparison. Comparisons are only meaningful when they are made for different companies within the same sector.
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