LIFO or FIFO? That Is the Question

Case Solution

William J. Bruns Jr., Susan S. Harmeling
Harvard Business School ()

Excerpts from the annual reports of Blount, Inc., Penn Central Corp. and Quaker Oats. Shows inventory valuation changes from FIFO to LIFO and from LIFO to FIFO. It is intended to encourage discussion of cost flows assumed through inventory accounts, changes in accounting practices, the role of auditors, and the financial reporting strategy.

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