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Analysis of Inventory

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Inventory Accounting Policy

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is computed using standard cost, which approximates actual cost, on a first-in, first-out basis. Cisco provides inventory write-downs based on excess and obsolete inventories determined primarily by future demand forecasts. The write-down is measured as the difference between the cost of the inventory and market based upon assumptions about future demand and charged to the provision for inventory, which is a component of cost of sales. At the point of the loss recognition, a new, lower cost basis for that inventory is established, and subsequent changes in facts and circumstances do not result in the restoration or increase in that newly established cost basis. In addition, Cisco records a liability for firm, noncancelable, and unconditional purchase commitments with contract manufacturers and suppliers for quantities in excess of the future demand forecasts consistent with the valuation of excess and obsolete inventory.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2018-09-06).


Inventory Disclosure

Cisco Systems Inc., Statement of Financial Position, Inventory

USD $ in millions

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Jul 28, 2018 Jul 29, 2017 Jul 30, 2016 Jul 25, 2015 Jul 26, 2014 Jul 27, 2013
Raw materials hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Work in process hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Distributor inventory and deferred cost of sales hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Manufactured finished goods hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Finished goods hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Service-related spares hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Demonstration systems hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Inventories hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-09-06), 10-K (filing date: 2017-09-07), 10-K (filing date: 2016-09-08), 10-K (filing date: 2015-09-08), 10-K (filing date: 2014-09-09), 10-K (filing date: 2013-09-10).

Item Description The company
Inventories Amount after valuation and LIFO reserves of inventory expected to be sold, or consumed within one year or operating cycle, if longer. Cisco Systems Inc.'s inventories increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.