Trend analysis is employed when it is required to analyze the trend of data shown in a series of financial statements of several successive years. The trend obtained by such an analysis is expressed as percentages. Trend percentage analysis moves in one direction either upwards or downwards, progression or regression. This method involves the calculation of percentages relationship that each statement bears to the same item in the base year.

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The base year maybe any one of the periods involved in the analysis but the earliest period id mostly taken as the base year. The trend percentage statement is an “analytical device for condensing the absolutely rupee data” by comparative statements.

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