selling, general and administrative expenses definition

Also referred to as SG&A. For a manufacturer these are expenses outside of the manufacturing function. (However, interest expense and other nonoperating expenses are not included; they are reported separately.) These expenses are not considered to be product costs and are not allocated to items in inventory or to cost of goods sold. Instead these expenses are reported on the income statement of the period in which they occur. These expenses are sometimes referred to as operating expenses.

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