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corporate report

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n. ~ A summary of activities and a statement of accounts issued by a corporation for stockholders, usually on an annual basis.

(Linard and Sverdloff 1997, p. 96) Early on, corporate reports were rather meager communiqués, intended for company internal distribution only. They tended to consist of little more than a letter to stockholders signed by the Chief Executive Officer, a balance sheet, and an auditor's statement. Several events at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries conspired favorably to transform such reports into a company's most important marketing and public relations piece.