Accounting & Finance for Non-Specialists, 7th edition

By Peter Atrill & Eddie McLaney
February 2011
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9780273745969
576 Pages, Illustrated
$99.50 Paper Original

Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney's Accounting and Finance for Non-specialists is an accessible introduction to accounting and finance for non-major students. Using minimal jargon, the authors introduce topics gradually, examining basic principles and underlying concepts before demonstrating how accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve business decision-making. Reflecting this practical emphasis, the text includes numerous extracts with commentary from company reports, survey data and other sources.


Fully updated and revised, this seventh edition continues to provide a practical, student-centred introduction for anyone new to accounting and finance. Working through the features of the book allows you to:

  • Explore the real-world application of accounting and finance principles through extracts from newspapers and company reports.
  • Check and apply your understanding by completing integrated activities and comprehensive self-assessment questions (all with answers).
  • Develop your ability to critically evaluate core concepts by tackling short review exercises (with solutions).
  • Reinforce your knowledge by tackling more advanced exercises delivered online.
  • Appreciate the latest International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
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Table of Contents


Introduction to accounting and finance

Measuring and reporting financial position

Measuring and reporting financial performance

Accounting for limited companies

Measuring and reporting cash flows

Analysing and interpreting financial statements

Cost-volume-profit analysis

Full costing


Making capital investment decisions

Financing a business

Managing working capital





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