Perpetual inventory

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Perpetual inventory

Recordkeeping system in which book inventory is updated daily.
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Perpetual Inventory

A standard of accounting inventory on a daily basis, as opposed to a weekly or monthly basis. At the end of a day, a company using perpetual inventory changes the inventory that appears on its records to reflect the most current amount. This can be inconvenient to count, but allows the company to constantly maintain accurate data.
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