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Unless they choose to be ambiguous, they should write "Q4 n" if they mean n calendar year or "Q4 FYn" if they mean n financial year.
Obviously nothing can be safely assumed if we're talking about MS PR.



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Alby_da_Wolf said:

Unless they choose to be ambiguous, they should write "Q4 n" if they mean n calendar year or "Q4 FYn" if they mean n fiscal year.
Obviously nothing can be safely assumed if we're talking about MS PR.

I'd say that's awfully abiguous too. What's with the random "n"?



Ka-pi96 said:
Alby_da_Wolf said:

Unless they choose to be ambiguous, they should write "Q4 n" if they mean n calendar year or "Q4 FYn" if they mean n fiscal year.
Obviously nothing can be safely assumed if we're talking about MS PR.

I'd say that's awfully abiguous too. What's with the random "n"?

"n" is a common variable (like "x") and stands for the year in this case, so the above would be, for example, "Q4 2021" or Q4 FY 2021".



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Ka-pi96 said:
Alby_da_Wolf said:

Unless they choose to be ambiguous, they should write "Q4 n" if they mean n calendar year or "Q4 FYn" if they mean n fiscal year.
Obviously nothing can be safely assumed if we're talking about MS PR.

I'd say that's awfully abiguous too. What's with the random "n"?

It could be any year! For example for Ninty it could be 5000 BC, when Urgh Yamauchi sold his first game made with wooden sticks and stone balls for 10000 clams and with those earning, plus the earnings of his first love hut he founded Neolithictendo.



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Cobretti2 said:

Good question.

It be easier to follow universally if it was calendar year as different countries have different financial years

Financial years has nothing to do with countries



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I would say their 4th financial quarter, if they were going to use calendar would make more sense to say the season.



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RolStoppable said:

You can derive it from the context and the given company's history. It's either calendar year or financial year, the latter doesn't necessarily end with January to March. It's just that most companies use an April to March period to define their financial year. A different example is Microsoft whose financial years run from July to June.

My company (and USA government from what I heard) have the financial year starting in October so Q4 would be July-Aug-Sep.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

SKMBlake said:
Cobretti2 said:

Good question.

It be easier to follow universally if it was calendar year as different countries have different financial years

Financial years has nothing to do with countries

Yes they do. Each country defines their 12month period for what they deem to be a financial year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year



 

 

Cobretti2 said:
SKMBlake said:

Financial years has nothing to do with countries

Yes they do. Each country defines their 12month period for what they deem to be a financial year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year

But companies may decide they fiscal year independent of what the country they are in.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."

Cobretti2 said:
SKMBlake said:

Financial years has nothing to do with countries

Yes they do. Each country defines their 12month period for what they deem to be a financial year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year

No, companies can decide when their fiscal year starts and ends. Your wikipedia page mostly refers to the government fiscal year, which isn't related to the topic.

And setting up companies and deciding their fiscal year is basically my job.



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