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Hi, My name is Don, and I'm a new Fool. I hope someone can help me, I've posted on two boards already without success. This is my problem.

Say year 2000 has eps of 0.10, and year 1999 has eps of 0.05, I get eps growth of 100%. I'm ok with this.

The problem I'm having is this, say year 2000 has eps of 0.10, and year 1999 has eps of (0.05). Now year 1999 eps is a loss, right? So how do you calculate the eps growth? I tried the formula in the Motley Fool's book, but I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. This is the way I tried it.

(0.10 - (-0.05))/ -0.05 and I get -300%.

The only thing I can think of right off is to divide it by an absolute value and I get 300% which would seem right to me. Plese help.

Don
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