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Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Sysco Corp's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was $8,965 Mil.
Sysco Corp's quarterly retained earnings increased from Sep. 2015 ($8,816 Mil) to Dec. 2015 ($8,922 Mil) and increased from Dec. 2015 ($8,922 Mil) to Mar. 2016 ($8,965 Mil).
Sysco Corp's annual retained earnings increased from Jun. 2013 ($8,513 Mil) to Jun. 2014 ($8,771 Mil) but then declined from Jun. 2014 ($8,771 Mil) to Jun. 2015 ($8,752 Mil).
Of course, if a company loses, it is called retained losses, or accumulated losses.
Of course, many companies with negative retained earnings have indeed lost money in the past.
Retained Earnings: Warren Buffetts Secret.
If the company loses more than it has accumulated, retained earnings is negative.
If a company isnt adding to its retained earnings, it isnt growing its net worth.
Microsoft is negative because it chose to buyback stock and pay dividends.
The more earnings retained, the faster it grows and increases growth rate for future earnings.
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