Definition of markdown
1 : a lowering of price
2 : the amount by which an original selling price is reduced
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Amazon's portable Tap speaker will be selling for $79.90, a $50 markdown.
The Principal decision implies that T. Rowe Price did a similar markdown on its much bigger stake.
But for my money, the city’s saving grace is its three locations of United Apparel Liquidators, the only-in-the-South off-price retailer that sells Chanel, Prada and other luxury goods at ridiculous markdowns.
That will aid Michael Kors’s own efforts to cut markdowns.
That suggested that the attempt to control inventory aimed at reining in steep markdowns may be succeeding, said Chen Grazutis, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.
There's an easy way to figure out if items are in a final markdown.
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Financial Definition of MARKDOWN
What It Is
How It Works
If a broker wishes to increase his sales volume in a security or set of securities, he may choose to sell them at markdown prices. In other words, if a broker sells a security to a client at a lower price than the highest bid (selling) price in the securities market among brokers, the price is a markdown price.
To illustrate, suppose a broker sells shares of XYZ stock to his clients at $20 per share. He originally purchased the shares in the broker market at $40 per share. Therefore, the markdown on the shares he sells is -$20 ($20-$40).
Markdown should not be confused with markup, which is the positive spread between the lowest bid price in the brokers market and the higher price a broker charges to clients.
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: a reduction in price
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