Discrepancy between a firm's actual inventory and its recorded inventory due to theft, deterioration, loss, or clerical problems. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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shrinkage shrink‧age [ˈʆrɪŋkɪdʒ] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] the act of shrinking, or the amount that something shrinks:

• There has been a shrinkage in wage growth, pension coverage, and health insurance coverage.

2. [uncountable] COMMERCE when goods intended for sale are damaged, stolen by employees etc:

• The manager of the store is allowed only 1% shrinkage.

• Shrinkage — or theft — is a very real problem for industry.

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shrinkage UK US /ˈʃrɪŋkɪdʒ/ noun [U]
the process or amount by which something becomes smaller or less: »

Conservatives are not happy about the private sector's shrinkage and the public sector's expansion.

shrinkage in sth »

A permanent shrinkage in supplies would severely damage today's oil-based economy.

shrinkage of sth »

He expects employment to grow by 1.9% this year compared to a shrinkage of 0.4% last year.

sales/deficit/brand shrinkage »

Two years of double-digit sales shrinkage have hurt the industry.

COMMERCE the loss of goods for sale because of damage, stealing, etc.: »

The retailer's stores lose about $1m a week from shrinkage.


inventory/stock shrinkage

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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