geographic segment

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A geographical area consisting of an individual country or group of countries in which a company or group operates. Under Statement of Standard Accounting Practice 25, Segmental Reporting, companies are required to disclose certain financial information in respect of the geographic segments in which they operate or to which they supply products or services. The information is normally given in the notes to the financial statements in the annual accounts and report. Although segmental information should be of benefit to users, companies are allowed a good deal of discretion as to how they present this information, which can reduce the benefit considerably in practice. See origin of turnover; segmental reporting.

Subjects: Accounting.

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