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Data analytics project: Gross profit analysis for introductory financial accounting

This blog post contains a data analytics project that is suitable for introductory financial accounting. The student uses Excel to analyze a data set that contains more than 48,000 records. The data analytics project can be assigned early in the course once the concept of gross profit is reviewed. Overview of project This project uses […]

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What would be the impact of the polysilicon cost increase on Canadian Solar’s gross profit and on its standard variances?

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) and other solar panel manufacturers are facing a shortage of a key raw material used in the production of solar panels, polysilicon. Environmental regulators in China shut down several factories, triggering the shortage. The cost of polysilicon has risen by as much as 35% in the past several months. A kilogram […]

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At Lululemon, how can sales be up while gross margin is down?

Founded in 1988, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) is an athletic apparel company headquartered in Canada. Lululemon has helped to popularize the ubiquitous yoga pants in the U.S. While it has experienced some sales declines due to a recall of yoga pants in 2013 for being too sheer, Lululemon has revamped its product line to update […]

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What is the gross margin on the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C?

According to the GottaBe Mobile website in September 2013, the Apple iPhone 5S with 16 GB memory sells off-contract for $649, while the iPhone 5C with 16 GB memory sells off-contract for $549.  The same phones with 32 GB memory sell off-contract for $749 and $649. According to Bloomberg Businessweek and IHS iSuppli, the iPhone […]

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