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Are these two words synonyms, or do they have different shades of meaning? I thought that only rentabilité existed, but I have just come across profitabilité

From these definitions they look quite similar:

  1. La profitabilité est le rapport entre le profit et la production. Le taux de profitabilité donc rapporte le résultat net comptable au chiffre d'affaires hors taxes (RNC/CAHT).

  2. La rentabilité représente le rapport entre les revenus d'une société et les sommes qu'elle a mobilisées pour les obtenir.

Merci! :-)

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  • in accounting, profitable in English is rentable in French. Profitabilité is also profitability, yes. But in French, it also means: return on investment and cost effectiveness.
    – Lambie
    Jun 22, 2022 at 16:30

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The OECD recommands to use rentabilité instead of profitabilité in French as the former one is an Anglicism (according to Wikipedia, citing Glossaire anglais-français de l'économie, Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, 2006).

However, there are still 2 entries in Wikipedia, one for indice de profitabilité and another for rentabilité. Each of them has a distinct formal mathematical definition and profitabilité is related to profitability index and rentabilité is related to return on capital employed or return on equity

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    both rentabilité and profitabilité are profitability in English. And the French profitabilité is this says INSERM: Définition La profitabilité est le rapport entre le profit et la production. Le taux de profitabilité donc rapporte le résultat net comptable au chiffre d'affaires hors taxes (RNC/CAHT).
    – Lambie
    Jun 22, 2022 at 16:33

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