# Can you explain to me what mark up and margin are?

AAT Student Posts: 16
I came across whilst studying prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships: mark up and margin as a method of finding incomplete records as well as, trading account can also, be used.

## Answers

• AAT Student Posts: 16
I do not know, how to calculate mark up and margin.
• Registered Posts: 6
They are each to do with how much a product costs and it's selling price.

With mark up - the cost is 100% of the price, and the mark up goes on top of this. So if for example your product costs £100 and you want to make 30% profit, your mark up would be £30. As your cost is 100% and you want to make an additional 30% on top of this.

With margin - the selling price acts as 100%. So if you have a product that is sold for £130, and your margin is 30%, your cost price is £91. To break this down - £130 is 100%, your cost price is 70% of this (your remaining 30% is your profit) meaning that your cost price is £91.

hope this makes sense? You might want to have a look at this link also.

https://www.aatcomment.org.uk/margins-and-mark-ups/

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