A report converts data into a formatted document.
Do you routinely report sales figures? Provide a catalog of your inventory? Print out labels for CDs, DVDs, and videos at home? Produce invoices and receipts?
Reports convert data into documents. Reports come in various shapes and sizes, but they are all designed to present your data in print. Reports provide methods to format the printed appearance of your data in the ways that are most effective for your purpose.
Using reports, you can group your data, perform calculations on it, and add headings and other formatting to make it more meaningful and easier to read.
After you've created a report, you can save its format, so that it looks the same each time you print it, however the data changes.
To learn more about the details of designing and using reports, see Reports I: Show off your data.