from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See last-in, first-out.

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  • Last In First Out (describing a stack data structure).

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  • n. inventory accounting in which the most recently acquired items are assumed to be the first sold


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  • Adjusted earnings, which exclude an accounting method called LIFO and other items, fell to 58 cents from 67 cents.

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  • The energy industry is also a big beneficiary of a tax-accounting principle -- known as LIFO, or last-in-first-out -- which would be repealed, raising $61 billion.

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  • So-called LIFO accounting shields companies from heftier taxes when inventory costs increase due to inflation.

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  • When the list of persons was compiled the so-called LIFO (last in first out) system was strictly applied, except that certain qualified employees with less years of service were retained in preference to unqualified employees with longer service.

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  • It's an entirely different inflation calculations than we use for LIFO, which is purely the cost of product this year and how many items we have this year and last.

  • Yet that is exactly what the oil companies are getting away with thanks to a tax loophole called "LIFO" accounting.

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  • An semi-theological issue called LIFO -- can you tell us what the annual true up was and you've given us that in past years -- and then of the $23 million of higher LIFO, was it predominantly you took physical inventory lower or was there some pricing actions that caused the $23 million? Home Page

  • First as I mentioned, during last quarter's conference call LIFO expenses up significantly in 2009, reflecting the increase in manufacturing cost that we experienced in late 2008 and earlier this year.


  • A reduction in the physical inventory quantities of a LIFO inventory is called a LIFO liquidation.

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  • The biggest impact there continues to be -- we have material inflations but we hope to have this thing called a LIFO and a mark-to-market good news is we do hedging bad news is that materials and move around. Home Page


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