Often, such accounting covers transactions among corporate units that cross international borders and currencies.
Sure there's pressure to hit your forecasted numbers, but overreacting to short-term events and trends can harm the business.
Staples lost $766 million during a quarter when it booked nearly $1 billion in charges including the merger breakup fee.
From current financial reports, it's impossible to tell whether companies are parking cash in prime or government money market funds.
The retailer has benefited from the strength of the U.S. housing market but same-store sales grew at the slowest rate in nine quarters.
Research firm IDC is predicting 181% annual growth for the market as hardware becomes less expensive.
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The retailer's stock rose 6% as it also narrowed its second-quarter loss and beat earnings forecasts for the sixth straight quarter.