Key Features Financial Statements-Students are introduced to financial statements in Chapter 1 to ensure they hone their decision-making skills with real-world examples. Beginning with the "How to Read an Annual Report" supplement to Chapter 1, students examine the CVS financial statements and are provided with the annual report for Southwest Airlines as a point of comparison. "The Annual Report Project" after Chapter 4 solidifies this critical skill. In addition, the "Focus on Financial Statements" graphic found at the beginning of each chapter reinforces the connection between the financial statements and each chapter''s topics, while the "Focus on Financial Statement Elements" graphic presented with selected ratios shows the relationships among the financial statement numbers. Finally, end-of-chapter Annual Report and Comparison Analysis cases require students to interact with major portions of annual reports. Relevancy in Today''s Business World-More than 230 publicly held companies as well as international, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations are used as illustrative examples. In addition, each chapter begins with a "Decision Point" that shows how real companies use accounting information to make decisions. Students will instantly recognize the decision-point companies, each of which is among Business Week''s Top Brands, Most Innovative companies, and/or Infotect-100. Examples from the Decision Point companies are integrated throughout the chapters and, at the end of each chapter, "A Look Back" boxes revisit the Decision Point companies and prompt students to hone their critical-thinking skills by examining the impact of the chapter concepts on the focus company. Furthermore, each chapter includes several "Focus on Business Practice" boxes, which illustrate accounting concepts and practices in the context of the general business world.