Hi, I am based in the uk and looking for some advice on our recent end of month fcos. So the scenario of what happened was like this. Over a week a ago the g.p was sitting about 32% or target is 27% so we start by ordering less food and utilising what we have without trying to run our stock levels too low as it was coming up for the end of month stock take. On Monday ( end of month was tuuesday) the g.p was exactly 27% with revenue still to come in for the Monday, on Tuesday upon putting the figures in the g.p dropped to about 25.5% so looking good there. Then stock take was done. Our closing stock dropped almost £1000 which forced the g.p up to 28.1% ( opening stock was about £5600 and closing was £4700) I was under the impression even though we dropped the stock level, what we sold should have been turneed into profit and covered the drop in stock levels? My head Chef always says try and keep the stock levels the same unless you get a great fcos for the month i.e 22%. What would you do in this situation? Would you buy more food to raise your stock level so it's carried over the month? I just don't understand how buying more food would have helped this situation, if I bought while at 27% it would have pushed it way over to maybe 30+% it was essentially have to be £1000 I would needed to purchase to balance it out??? I hope this makes sense and appreciate some advice to what you would have done. We have external stock takers every month to make sure the count is right, the menu is branded so the coatings are done from the company. many thanks again and I hope I have supplied enough information to give. Clear picture.