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Days Payables Outstanding.

A working capital management ratio calculated by dividing accounts payable outstanding at the end of a time period by the average daily credit purchases for the period.

For example: a company has an average of £50,000 of payables over a year in which the cost of goods sold was £400,000.

The DPO is:

50,000 / 400,000 * 365 = 45.6 days

A higher number is generally perceived as better, but a business needs to maintain the goodwill of its suppliers and shorter payment terms may therefore be necessary.

Also known as creditor days.


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