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multiple

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈmʌltɪpl/
STOCK MARKET the current price of one of a company's shares divided by the amount of profit related to it that the company makes in a year. Multiples are used to compare the prices of different shares: In valuation terms, the 38% share price appreciation since May has pushed the firm's multiple to record high levels. a forward/price earnings multiple → Compare price/earnings ratio
UK (also multiple store) COMMERCE one of many stores with the same name that are all owned by the same company: Supermarket multiples continue to dominate sales.
a number that is the result of multiplying one number by another: a multiple of sth Many people have borrowed huge multiples of their salary in order to buy a home.
in multiples of 5/100/1000, etc. something that is sold, paid for, etc. in multiples of 5/100/1000, etc. is sold or paid for at one time by that amount: Savers can put between £20 and £400 a month into a Yearly Plan with instalments in multiples of £5.
(Definition of multiple noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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