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    Hello!

    I need a confirmation that a collocation "reporting period" (it should mean the period concerned in this speech, text, the period that is meant) is correct for English usage. Or is it a bad translation from French (or Russian).

    Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexOm View Post
    Hello!

    I need a confirmation that a collocation "reporting period" (it should mean the period concerned in this speech, text, the period that is meant) is correct for English usage. Or is it a bad translation from French (or Russian).

    Thanks a lot!
    "reporting period" is correct. It means a period of time during which reports (should be)(are) made.
    For example, public companies usually report their earnings every three months, and that one or two-week period during which most companies report their earnings is the "reporting period" for the previous quarter's earnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "reporting period" is correct. It means a period of time during which reports (should be)(are) made.
    For example, public companies usually report their earnings every three months, and that one or two-week period during which most companies report their earnings is the "reporting period" for the previous quarter's earnings.

    haha, wonderful!
    On the contrary, in Russian the same word-by-word translation of the "reporting period" would mean exactly those three months (quarter) or another period, to what this report may refer.

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    I take the other meaning.

    If a company reports every three months, then the "reporting period" is Jan 1 through March 31, or April 1 through June 30, etc.

    Likewise, in school, students get "report cards." The report cards tell how the student performed during that reporting period -- the quarter or semester or trimester being evaluated.

    It's not the time period used to prepare the reports or when the reports all come out. It's the period that is being reported on.

    Perhaps a UK/US difference.

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    I do hear financial reporters using "reporting period" in the manner I have described, and it is a logical use of the term.
    (reporting period = period in which reporting is done, hunting season = season in which hunting is done)

    On the other hand, referring to 'Jan. 1 through March 31' as the "reporting period" doesn't sound right to me; that is the period being reported on.

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    I'm certainly willing to accept that it's used that way where you are, but google "third quarter reporting period" or "first quarter* reporting period" and you'll find financial results for the entire period being reported on.

    And I assure you, it's used the way I describe for students' report cards here.

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    I agree with Barb D. The reporting period is the period being reported on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I agree with Barb D. The reporting period is the period being reported on.

    But, to me, that doesn't make sense grammatically. And assuming there can be a period of time within which a large number of reports are issued, what would that period be called?

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    Without meaning to sound like a wiseass, I think you'd say something like "this is the period when we expect a large number of quartlery reports to be released."

    I'm trying to picture a financial reporter saying something like "The market was relatively quiet in the weeks leading up to the release of several key company profit reports for the second quarter" or something like that.

    Or something like: "The first half of July is a key period in the financial sectors as several blue chip companies release their quarterly earnings report."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Without meaning to sound like a wiseass, I think you'd say something like "this is the period when we expect a large number of quartlery reports to be released."

    I'm trying to picture a financial reporter saying something like "The market was relatively quiet in the weeks leading up to the release of several key company profit reports for the second quarter" or something like that.

    Or something like: "The first half of July is a key period in the financial sectors as several blue chip companies release their quarterly earnings report."
    Right. And an earnings period is a period upon which earnings (dividends) are based.


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