What is fiscal quarter? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Business terms glossary:

A fiscal quarter is one of the four three-month periods that make up an organization’s fiscal year.

 Fiscal quarter is abbreviated as Q and combined with dates to identify the specific period. For example, the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 might be abbreviated as Q4 2016, Q4/16 or Q416.

Because the fiscal years of some organizations don’t correspond to the calendar year, fiscal quarters can be for various three-month periods. For example, the fiscal year of the United States government runs from October 1 to September 30, so its first quarter runs from October 1 to December 31. However, that period would be the fourth quarter for an organization whose fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31.

In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires publicly-traded companies to report on their quarterly performance within 40 days of the end of each quarter. Quarterly reports are submitted on the SEC’s 10-Q forms.

This was last updated in November 2013
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • ABC analysis (Pareto analysis)

    - ABC analysis, also known as Pareto analysis, is a method used to categorize something according to its importance or value in a given context. The practice is commonly used in IT (information tech... (WhatIs.com)

  • procurement card

    - A procurement card is a type of company charge card used in making smaller purchases for greater cost efficiency, control and convenience. Procurement cards are also known as purchasing cards, P-Ca... (WhatIs.com)

  • digital twin

    - A digital twin is a virtual representation of a product that can be used in product design, simulation, monitoring, optimization and servicing. It requires three elements: the physical product in r... (SearchManufacturingERP.com)

Glossaries

  • Business terms

    - Terms related to business, including definitions about project management and words and phrases about human resources, finance and vertical industries.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question
  • Quarter calculation

    Going by the information you provided, I would probably set up a physical file that contains the month and the quarter the month falls in. I would then create a logical file over the physical keyed...

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.