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Inventory in account
|Inventory in account by lasbrey20: 2:05 pm On July 29, 2018|
Inventory is merchandise purchased by merchandisers (retailers, wholesalers, distributors) for the purpose of being sold to customers. The cost of the merchandise purchased but not yet sold is reported in the account Inventory or Merchandise Inventory.
Inventory is reported as a current asset on the company’s balance sheet. Inventory is a significant asset that needs to be monitored closely. Too much inventory can result in cash flow problems, additional expenses (e.g., storage, insurance), and losses if the items become obsolete. Too little inventory can result in lost sales and lost customers.
Because of the cost principle, inventory is reported on the balance sheet at the amount paid to obtain (purchase) the merchandise, not at its selling price.
Inventory is also a significant asset of manufacturers. However, in order to simplify our explanation, we will focus on a retailer
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