Business Abbreviations

Business Word Abbreviations: The business world covers a lot of issues such as, income statements, profit loss accounts, data analytics, and databases. The business abbreviations change by field. The abbreviations which are used in business world may not be understood by the common man. Some business abbreviations are easy to understand while the others are a bit difficult to understand.

The Given Below are Some of The Important Business Word Abbreviations:


  • ABC – always be closing
  • ASAP - as soon as possible
  • ADP - Automated Data Processing
  • Approx - Approximately
  • Attn - Attention
  • B2B – business to business
  • B2C – business to consumer
  • BD - Business Development
  • BDC - Business Development Company/Council
  • BKPR – Bookeeper
  • BS - Balance Sheet
  • BGT – Budget
  • BAT - Business Action Theory
  • BCC - Blind Copied
  • BIMS - Business Information Management Suite
  • BPC - Business Planning Cycle
  • CC - Copy To
  • COGS - Cost of Goods Sold
  • CPTAL - Capital
  • CAO - Chief Accounting Officer
  • CAD – computer aided design
  • CEO – chief executive officer
  • CFO – chief financial officer
  • CIO – chief investment officer/chief information officer
  • COD - Cash on Delivery
  • Comp. - Item given for free
  • CMO – chief marketing officer
  • COO – chief operating officer
  • CPA - Certified Public Accountant
  • CTO – chief technology officer
  • DOE – depending on experiment
  • EBITDA – earning before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization
  • EOD - end of day/end of discussion
  • ERP - enterprise resource planning (business management software that a company can use to store and manage data from every stage of business)
  • ESOP – employee stock ownership plan
  • ETA – estimated time of arrival
  • EXP - Export
  • FYI - for your information
  • GDP - Gross Domestic Product
  • GMP - Good Manufacturing Practices
  • HTML – hypertext mark-up language
  • HQ - Headquarters
  • Inc. - Incorporated
  • IPO - Initial Public Offering
  • ISP – internet service provider
  • KPI – key performance indicators
  • LLC – limited liability company
  • LBO - Limited Buyout
  • Ltd. - Limited Company
  • LLC - Limited Liability Corp.
  • MILE - maximum impact, little effort
  • MOOC – massive open online course
  • MSRP – manufacturer’s suggested retail price
  • MTD - Month-to-date
  • NAV - Net Asset Value
  • NDA – non-disclosure agreement
  • NOI – net operating income
  • NRN - no reply necessary
  • OTC – over the counter
  • OC - Opportunity Cost
  • PR - public relations
  • PO - Purchase Order
  • Pls - Please
  • Qty - Quantity
  • QC – quality control
  • R & D – research and development
  • Re or RE - In reference to, Retained Earnings
  • ROA - Return on Assets
  • ROE - Return on Equity
  • RFP - request for proposal
  • ROI – return on investment
  • RRP – recommended retail price
  • Sls - Sales
  • SP - Strategic Plan
  • SEO – search engine optimization
  • SLA – service level agreement
  • TBD - To Be Determined
  • Thx - Thanks
  • Trd - Trade
  • Trnsfr - Transfer
  • Ttl - Total
  • USP - Unique Selling Point
  • Val. - Value
  • VAT – value added tax
  • VPN – virtual private network
  • WC - Working Capital
  • Wrkr - Worker
  • Wrhse - Warehouse
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