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Internal Shrinkage Joel 2:1-2,12-17

Internal Shrinkage

A spiritual inventory can detect where our relationship to Christ has shrunk.

At a Glance

Retail stores have just completed taking inventory after the busy Christmas shopping season. They hope to find that their inventory has shrunk because people have purchased their goods. But they also know that some shrinkage occurs for other reasons. One that causes great concern is "internal" shrinkage.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Psalm text, see "Accident Forgiveness," February 21, 2007, at

Shrinkage is an ongoing problem for retailers,

and we're not talking about their waistlines.

In the retail world, "shrinkage" or "shrink" is the term for loss of merchandise or money, and it happens in five ways.

One is administrative and paperwork error. Mistakes in marking up and marking down account for as much as 15 percent of retail shrinkage.

Another is vendor fraud, which occurs most often when outside vendors stock inventory within the store. About 6 percent of shrinkage occurs this way.

A third source...

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