My favorite KPI to implement in a dashboard is an extension of the Return on Sales ratio. This KPI or set of ratios is formally called Common size income statement but is often seen in an income statement as a percentage of Sales. I first came across this in an international business class on evaluating company profitability through financial statement analysis.
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Common size income statement lends itself particularly well to dashboards presented as a period-over-period line graph that allows you to see the shape and trend of the data, rather than ...