Stock can refer to an inventory of goods held for resale or for use in business. It can also mean shares in the ownership of a company.

  • Example  1 (Inventory): A clothing retailer maintains stock worth £200,000, including the latest season's fashion. Stock turnover indicates how quickly inventory is sold and replaced, directly affecting profitability.
  • Example 2 (Shares): An investor buys stock worth £50,000 in a publicly traded tech firm to diversify their investment portfolio. If the firm's value increases, the investor benefits from both capital appreciation and dividends.