Accounting Standards Codification 280 (ASC 280) was released to address the more specific topic of how businesses with multiple segments should report these.
The guidance defines operating segments as separate revenue producing components of a business, that have separate financial information produced internally which is reviewed regularly by the reporting entity. This can be segregated based on information such as the type of product/service provided, geography, customer, or legal entity. Each of these segments must report its profit/loss and information on segments.
For more in depth information on this and other FASB ASC topics, check out the following books.
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