AP Style Corporation

AP Style holds that a corporation is an entity that is treated as a person in the eyes of the law. It is able to own property, incur debts, sue, and be sued.

You should abbreviate “corporation” as “Corp.” when a company or government agency uses the word at the end of its name. For example,

  • the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Spell out “corporation” when it occurs elsewhere in a name. For example,

  • the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Spell out and lowercase “corporation” whenever it stands alone.

The form for possessives can be seen in the example below,

  • General Motors Corp.’s quarterly profits

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