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Umsatz / Absatz

English translation: sales volume / sales quantity

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German term or phrase:Umsatz / Absatz
English translation:sales volume / sales quantity
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07:52 Aug 25, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial
German term or phrase: Umsatz / Absatz
Umsatz -> alle Verkäufe innerhalb eines bestimmten Zeitrahmens (Wahrig)
Umsatz = turnover, sales (Zahn
= volume of sales (LEO)
Absatz -> Verkauf (Wahrig)
Absatz = sales, turnover
(Zahn)
= sales quantity (LEO)

I now have a company report with a heading "Umsatz und Absatz"

Who can explain the difference to me between these very similar terms and give references for the explanation.

The only (unsubstantiated) idea I have is that
Umsatz = the money amounts of sales while
Absatz = the actual units sold.
Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 14:59
turnover (or sales)/ sales volume
Explanation:
The exact meaning of these terms varies from context to context, but as they are used by one German company whose accounting documents I regularly translate, the difference is that the first of these words refer to the monetary value of the sales, and the second to the physical amount of good sold. So, e.g. if a company sells 1,000 tonnes of a product priced at EUR 10 per ton, then the 'Umsatz' (technically turnover in English, but the word 'sales' frequently fits better) is EUR 10,000 whilst the 'Absatz' (sales volume) is 1,000 tonnes. You had better check if this fits the way these terms are used throughout the document you are working with. I hope this explanation is of some help, anyway.
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Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 15:59
Grading comment
Thanks to all of you.
Umsatz = sales volume (monetary)
Absatz = sales quantity
turnover can apply to either ( I think)
This is a highly misleading area in which many authors abuse the terms granndly.
No wonder that even the dictionaries do not give a clear answer.

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Summary of answers provided
na +1turnover (or sales)/ sales volume
Tim Drayton
nasales, sales volume
Andy Lemminger
naturnover/sales
IngePreiss
naSales and turnover
Poornima Iyengar


  

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5 mins
Sales and turnover


Explanation:
Check the link below
-HTH
-Poornima


    Reference: http://www.boerseninfos.de/ak/adhoc/news/540390-20001031-182...
Poornima Iyengar
Local time: 19:29
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 162
Grading comment
Sorry, your link does not explain the difference, nor do you
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Comment: Sorry, your link does not explain the difference, nor do you

9 mins
turnover/sales


Explanation:
turnover - money
sales - units/items sold

eg. turnover can increase even when sales decrease due to higher prices

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IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 14:59
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 47
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38 mins
sales, sales volume


Explanation:

Umsatz=sales, turnover, revenue
Absatz=sales volume


    Professional Dictionary Accounting/Tax/Banking
    Business Dictionary, Heyne
Andy Lemminger
Canada
Local time: 06:59
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 1127
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
turnover (or sales)/ sales volume


Explanation:
The exact meaning of these terms varies from context to context, but as they are used by one German company whose accounting documents I regularly translate, the difference is that the first of these words refer to the monetary value of the sales, and the second to the physical amount of good sold. So, e.g. if a company sells 1,000 tonnes of a product priced at EUR 10 per ton, then the 'Umsatz' (technically turnover in English, but the word 'sales' frequently fits better) is EUR 10,000 whilst the 'Absatz' (sales volume) is 1,000 tonnes. You had better check if this fits the way these terms are used throughout the document you are working with. I hope this explanation is of some help, anyway.

Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 15:59
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 154
Grading comment
Thanks to all of you.
Umsatz = sales volume (monetary)
Absatz = sales quantity
turnover can apply to either ( I think)
This is a highly misleading area in which many authors abuse the terms granndly.
No wonder that even the dictionaries do not give a clear answer.

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agree  Roland Grefer
23 mins
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