### Average Collection Period Example

Definition: Average Collection Period (or Average credit given) is used to calculate the average number of days that debtors take to discharge their debts.

Formula:
Average Collection Period = (Average Trade Debtors / Net Credit Sales) * No. of Days

Example 1:
If credit sales is \$52,000; Sales returns \$2,000; Debtors \$6,000; Bills Receivables \$4,000.
Then, Trade Debtors = 6,000 + 4,000 = \$10,000
Net Credit Sales = 52,000 - 2,000 = \$50,000
Average credit given = (10,000 / 50,000) * 365 = 73 days
This means that the average time it takes debtors to pay the firm is 73 days.

Example 2:
The following information relates to Swift plc for the year ended 31 December 2010:
Total sales (include cash sales \$3,300): \$9,300
Return inwards: \$500
Return outwards: \$885
Debtors at start of the year: \$6,200
Debtors at end of the year: \$4,200
Calculate the Debtors Collection Period (in days).

Solution:
Net Credit Sales = Total sales - Cash sales - Return inwards = 9,300 - 3,300 - 500 = \$5,500
Average Debtors = (6,200 + 4,200) / 2 = \$5,200
Debtors Collection Period = (5,200 / 5,500) * 365 = 345 days

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