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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 ​retainedearnings of $302 million that can be used to ​help make ​debtpayments or be reinvested in the ​company. Laing ​lowered its ​totaldividend from 7.6p to 6.8p, which is being ​paid from ​accumulatedearnings. a retainedearningsstatement
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