Increased or have increased?

Reply Mon 31 Dec, 2018 09:53 am
Should I use the simple past or the present perfect in the sentence below?

Over the past year, our company's sales increased/have increased by 85%.

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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2019 05:10 pm
Either is fine. English speakers often uses the present perfect to make past actions have heightened importance or to be more formal, which shows a type of heightened importance.

I've won the lottery!!!
I won the lottery.
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Reply Sun 15 Sep, 2019 08:59 pm
Both forms sound correct to me, but psychologically, increased is direct and assertive while have increased implies that it might not always happen. The less information you provide about the past of your company growth if uncertain and fluctuating the better.
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