Please find enclosed the actual figures

Since I asked for the current figures, I realize that the author of that line made one of the classic mistakes, also known as false friend. 

And no wonder that one sticks. "Actual" sounds like the German word "aktuell", which translates into "current" or "present".  "Actual", however, means "real" or "exact". So we'd better enclose the current figures. Unless, of course, I am asked to send the actual figures, not an estimate. See note below for information on usage. It remains difficult, my friends.

Usage note: actual / current / present
Actual does not mean current or present. It means "real" or "exact", and is often used in contrast with something that is not seen as real or exact: I need the actual figures, not an estimate. Present means "existing or happening now": How long have you been in your present job? Current also means "existing or happening now", but can suggest that the situation is temporary: The factory cannot continue its current level of production. Actually does not mean "at the present time". Use currently, at present or at the moment instead.

*Source: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/actual

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