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Target Costing Stages

HWeshamHWesham Registered Posts: 4
Please can anyone tell me what is meant by the Target Costing Stages?


  • amurrayamurray Feels At Home Registered, MAAT, AATQB Posts: 304
    The Target costing stages are defined as:

    1. First step is to establish a competitive market price. The company would consider how much customers are willing to pay and how much competitors are charging for similar products.

    2. Determine the required profit figure

    3. A target cost is arrived at by deducting the required profit from the selling price

    4. Steps must then be taken to close the target 'cost gap' from the current cost per unit if its higher.

    The target cost gap is established in step 4 of the target costing process.
    Target cost gap = Estimated product cost – Target cost

    Hope this helps - if you have an example happy to look at :)
    Completed AAT in March 2020
    Currently Studying: CIMA 'Operational Level'
  • Loub1157Loub1157 AAT Student, AATQB Posts: 2
    Massive thanks for explaining above, I had not revised the stages and saw this just before the exam and it came up in a written question.
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