There are three primary financial statements: the income statement, the balance sheet and the cash flow statement. Each statement tells the analyst or investor something different about the company's financial picture. The balance sheet provides a snapshot in time of the company's assets and liabilities. The cash flow statement shows the sources and uses of cash throughout the company. The income statement tells you how much money the company is earning from year to year. You can find sales figures on the income statement.
Obtain the annual report. The annual report is usually posted by the company on the company's website or you can contact the company's investor relations department to request a physical copy.
Turn to the income statement. The income statement is one of the three financial statements reported in the annual report.
Identify the most recent annual sales line item. This is usually the first line item on the income statement. Most income statements will have at least two years of sales on the same statement for comparison.
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