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Reporting financial performance

  • Mike Davies
  • Ron Paterson
  • Allister Wilson

Abstract

Chapter 2 discusses the concept of income and outlines the emphasis placed on the transactions approach to income measurement in the development of historical cost accounting theory. In summary, financial accounting under the historical cost system essentially involves allocating the effects of transactions between reporting periods, with the result that the balance sheet consists of the residuals of the income measurement process. Despite the conflict between the asset and liability vs. the revenue and expense viewpoints discussed in Chapter 2, the importance attributed to income measurement is highlighted by the FASB’s Concepts Statement No. 1, which states that ‘the primary focus of financial reporting is information about an enterprise’s performance provided by measures of earnings and its components. Investors, creditors, and others who are concerned with assessing the prospects for enterprise net cash inflows are especially interested in that information.’1 In addition, the emphasis that analysts place on companies’ reported earnings as a measure of performance further illustrates the importance of income measurement.

Keywords

Combustion Europe Propane Income Expense 

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  • Mike Davies
  • Ron Paterson
  • Allister Wilson

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