IFRS16 retailer accounting changes set to confuse comparisons

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Changing accounting rules and regulations can hamper the understanding of company performance, making it more difficult to assess figures, especially if investors are not fully aware of what has happened.

This is happening with the latest accounting changes relating to leases. The IFRS16 accounting standard has come into force and it will generally make debt appear higher and affect different levels of profit. This is particularly true of the retail sector.

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Andrew Hore is the publisher of AIM Journal, which is an online monthly publication covering the Alternative Investment Market.