Year-to-date refers to the cumulative balance appearing in an income statement account for the current year, through the end of the most recent reporting period. Year-to-date balances are typically presented for revenue, expense, gain, or loss accounts, and are compared to year-to-date information for the preceding year, to judge the performance of a business during the current year. Of particular interest to investors are year-to-date net sales and year-to-date net profits, since these are the best indicators of aggregate corporate performance.