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6 May, 2015 - 17:10

The margin of safety is measured as either a sales dollar volume or a ratio. The margin of safety in terms of sales dollar volume is calculated by subtracting break-even sales from current sales. The margin of safety as a ratio is calculated by dividing the dollar volume sales safety margin by current sales. When the margin of safety is low, management must exercise caution because a small decline in sales revenue could lead to an operating loss.