Before last fiscal year* (I know this is incorrect)

English translation: year before last

03:10 Sep 18, 2013
English language (monolingual) [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Accounting
English term or phrase: Before last fiscal year* (I know this is incorrect)
I am revising a business text written by a bilingual francophone in English.

There are two columns, headed "Last fiscal year" and "Before last fiscal year". I believe that the second column is for two fiscal years ago. (e.g. 2012, 2011). At this time of night, I can't think of how to say that in English.
The only thing I can come up with is "Second-to-last fiscal year" which seems very wordy.

Target is Canadian business audience.
Joshua Wolfe
Local time: 19:44
Selected answer:year before last
Explanation:
That's what is usually used, rather idiomatic

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Note added at 25 mins (2013-09-18 03:35:57 GMT)
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"This year, last year and the year before last, I have disagreed with the accounting for significant transactions."
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_obs_1998_e_17...

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2175944
http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2584721

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Note added at 26 mins (2013-09-18 03:36:56 GMT)
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http://na.sage.com/Sage-DacEasy/Support/Year-End-Center/Acco...

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Note added at 31 mins (2013-09-18 03:41:45 GMT)
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...so 'fiscal year before last' for the full term btw :)
Selected response from:

Cyril B.
France
Grading comment
Thank-you, Cyril.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



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4 +6year before last
Cyril B.


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22 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
year before last


Explanation:
That's what is usually used, rather idiomatic

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Note added at 25 mins (2013-09-18 03:35:57 GMT)
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"This year, last year and the year before last, I have disagreed with the accounting for significant transactions."
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_obs_1998_e_17...

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2175944
http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2584721

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Note added at 26 mins (2013-09-18 03:36:56 GMT)
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http://na.sage.com/Sage-DacEasy/Support/Year-End-Center/Acco...

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Note added at 31 mins (2013-09-18 03:41:45 GMT)
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...so 'fiscal year before last' for the full term btw :)

Cyril B.
France
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank-you, Cyril.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
3 hrs
  -> Thank you Jack

agree  David Moore (X)
6 hrs
  -> Thank you David

agree  C. Tougas
7 hrs
  -> Thank you Chantal

agree  B D Finch: Fiscal year before last
10 hrs
  -> Thank you B D

neutral  Jack Dunwell: Usually just the dates 2012 and 2011 or "Prior year" for second column
12 hrs

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: though if it's a business thing it may be better to just mention years as Fourth suggests
18 hrs
  -> Thank you Gallagy

agree  Phong Le
22 hrs
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