Statement Of Retained Earnings

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DEFINITION of 'Statement Of Retained Earnings'

A financial statement outlining the changes in retained earnings for a specified period. The statement of retained earnings is prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The statement of retained earnings reconciles the beginning and ending retained earnings for the period, using information such as net income from the other financial statements.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Statement Of Retained Earnings'

This statement can appear as a separate statement or as an inclusion on either a balance sheet or an income statement. Also, the statement of retained earnings can be known as a statement of owner's equity, equity statement or statement of shareholders' equity.

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