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Review of narrative reporting in the UK

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29 Oct 2009

The United Kingdom Accounting Standards Board (ASB) has published Rising to the Challenge, the report of its review of the narrative reporting of 50 UK listed companies in 2008 and 2009.

The review focused on:
  • how companies are complying with the enhanced business review content requirements from the Companies Act 2006 (CA);
  • effective communication and presentation of the required content; and
  • areas that are leading to clutter in narrative reporting.
The review found that most companies are providing a good standard of information in their financial reviews, the description of objectives and strategies, and the provision of financial key performance indicators (KPIs). However, there are significant opportunities for improvement in the reporting of principal risks, trends and factors, contractual and other arrangements, and non-financial KPIs. Click to download:

 

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