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English definition of “return on capital employed”

return on capital employed

noun [C or U]     ( abbreviation ROCE)
FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a company's profit for a particular period compared with the amount of capital invested in it. This shows how effectively the company is using the amount of capital invested in it to make a profit : The company's return on capital employed has declined steadily in the last three years .
(Definition of return on capital employed noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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