Earnings

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1. Shareholder profits.

In relation to a UK firm, its profits available for distribution to ordinary shareholders.

Also known as Net Profit.


2. Profits.

In relation to firms more generally, their profits.


3. Income.

Any stream of income or profits, for example interest earnings.


4. Earned income.

In relation to individuals, their earned income, for example salary.

Distinguished from their investment income and their capital gains. This distinction is important in relation to individual taxation, and in relation to pensions.


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