In an attempt to provide more information to lenders and investors financial statements and associated notes are often lengthy.However, the volume of information and the way in which it is presented can be confusing, particularly with groups with complex ownership structures and substantial intragroup transactions. Even worse, as there is scope for how the items in the financial statements are recognised within the accounting rules, there is the ever present risk of creative accounting. A risk that increases when we are a late stage in an economic cycle. A very recent example of alleged creative accounting is well illustrated by the problems facing  Patissserie Valerie

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