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In a financial report, especially a publicly-traded company's report to shareholders, an overview or summary of the major occurrences in the company since the last report. The financial highlights may include major statistics and figures, such as net cash flow from operations, or it may include qualitative information on an acquisition or a new product. Government departments may also include financial highlights in their reports.
The section of a corporate report providing investors with an overview of the firm's performance during the period covered by the report. For example, a report's highlights may note a major acquisition made by the firm during the period and it may discuss the implications of the acquisition relative to future sales and corporate earnings.