Meaning of “retained earnings” in the English Dictionary

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"retained earnings" in Business English

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retained earningsnoun [ plural ]

uk us also retained profit, accumulated earnings, accumulated retained earnings ACCOUNTING, FINANCE

the part of a company’s profit in a particular period that it decides to keep, rather than paying it to shareholders as a dividend:

PNC had retained earnings of $302 million that can be used to help make debt payments or be reinvested in the company.
Laing lowered its total dividend from 7.6p to 6.8p, which is being paid from accumulated earnings.

(Definition of “retained earnings” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)