For a publicly listed company accounting period is an established range of time in which accounting functions are performed, aggregated, analyzed, and reported for a calendar year or fiscal year. Typically in a fiscal year or calendar year, there will be four quarterly accounting period, which is called Quarter(Q1) 1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. The potential shareholders analyze the company's performance based on a fixed accounting period.
For example, a publicly listed ABC company set its fiscal year starting from April 1 would end on March 31 and it will report its financial performance every three months for the fiscal year, which is called Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4, which ends on March 31.
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