The value of materials and goods held by an organization (1) to support production (raw materials, subassemblies, work in process), (2) for support activities (repair, maintenance, consumables), or (3) for sale or customer service (merchandise, finished goods, spare parts).
Inventory is often the largest item in the current assets category, and must be accurately counted and valued at the end of each accounting period to determine a company's profit or loss. Organizations whose inventory items have a large unit cost generally keep a day to day record of changes in inventory (called perpetual inventory method) to ensure accurate and on-going control.
Use inventory in a sentence
The grocery store around the corner has a large inventory of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and antibiotic free meats available for sale.
I had to check my inventory to see if I had enough healing potions to go to the next stage of the game.
The inventory was stocked full last May but now it is depleted so must get in contact with our supplier.