Are Profit and Profitability the Same Thing?
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Evans, Edward. 2014. “Are Profit and Profitability the Same Thing? FE939/FE939, 2/2014”. EDIS 2014 (1). Gainesville, FL.


The terms “profit” and “profitability” are used quite frequently in everyday talk to mean the same thing. We often hear someone say “my business made a profit last year” or “my business was profitable.” But are the two statements equivalent? In this article, I’ll explain the two terms, outlining the difference between them, and discussing a few things that growers can do to improve the profitability of a farm business. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Edward Evans and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, February 2014.

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