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DISTRIBUTED CORPORATE PROFITS: More commonly termed dividends, this is the portion of a corporation's after-tax accounting profit that's paid to shareholders or owners. Corporate managers usually try to pay the shareholders some minimum dividend that's comparable to returns from other financial markets--such as the interest on government securities or corporate bonds--to keep the owners from selling off the company's stock. That portion of after-tax accounting profit that's not paid out as dividends is typically invested in capital.

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An index of prices of goods and services typically purchased by urban consumers. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is the official name for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) commonly reported in the media. It is compiled and published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), using price data obtained from an elaborate survey of 25,000 retail outlets and quantity data generated by the Consumer Expenditures Survey. The CPI-U is so designated to differentiate it from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) measures the prices of goods and services typically purchased by all urban consumers. The less common Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) tracks the prices of goods typically purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. The CPI-W is an extension of the original CPI developed early in the 1900s that provided cost-of-living adjustment information to wage-earning workers (which is why the Bureau of LABOR Statistics oversees the CPI).

For formula for calculating the CPI-U is given as:

CPI-U=total expenditures on
market basket in current period
total expenditures on
market basket in base period
x 100
The CPI-U was introduced in 1978 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to address some of the deficiencies in the existing consumer price index, which was subsequently designated as CPI-W. The CPI-U provides a broader, more comprehensive measure of the economy's price level. In particular, the newer CPI-U includes the prices of goods and services purchased by about 80 percent of the non-institutionalized population while the older CPI-W includes about only 32 percent. Unless otherwise noted, the CPI reported by the popular press and used for economic analysis is invariably the broader CPI-U.


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