ACCOUNTING FOR ONESELF

Software programs for analyzing financial trends -- from budgets to gross margins -- are moving from the realm of quarterly corporate accounting to the store level, where they are serving as vital tools to enhance bottom-line results.By placing software tools capable of analyzing a wide range of financial parameters, often on a weekly basis, in the hands of store-level managers, retailers are increasingly

Software programs for analyzing financial trends -- from budgets to gross margins -- are moving from the realm of quarterly corporate accounting to the store level, where they are serving as vital tools to enhance bottom-line results.

By placing software tools capable of analyzing a wide range of financial parameters, often on a weekly basis, in the hands of store-level managers, retailers are increasingly spotting key sales and expense trends much earlier in the business cycle.

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