turnover ratio

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1. A measure of the number of times a company's inventory is replaced during a given time period. Turnover ratio is calculated as cost of goods sold divided by average inventory during the time period. A high turnover ratio is a sign that the company is producing and selling its goods or services very quickly.
2. In the case of mutual funds, the percentage of a fund's assets that have changed over the course of a given time period, usually a year. Turnover ratio for a mutual fund is calculated by dividing the average assets during the period by the lesser of the value of purchases and the value of sales during the same period. Mutual funds with higher turnover ratios tend to have higher expenses.

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Grocery stores typically have high a turnover ratio because they sell items that have short shelf lives.

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