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In the BCG growth share matrix, the quadrant representing companies, especially subsidies, that require minimal cash injections but have low market shares, and therefore usually operate with little or no profit. These companies usually exist in mature industries with well established but not very profitable markets, products, or brands. Some analysts recommend selling dogs, as they have little potential for growth; however, because they require little capital to operate, they may be useful and may perhaps produce an earnings surprise. See also: Marketing, Portfolio analysis.


Slang for an undesirable property.

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Godzilla'' tries to be funny by making some lame allusions to New York's Darwinian, dog-eat-dog way of doing business.
It's a dog-eat-dog world, particularly for disgraced quarterback Michael Vick.
But the older ones who are complaining must remember that they were responsible for creating the selfish dog-eat-dog society that these kids have been influenced by.
In the dog-eat-dog world of corporate entertainment - where the heads of executives often roll faster than the sped-up credits at the end of a show - the page system remains a sweet throwback to a simpler time when a young person toiling on the ground floor could expect to someday rise to the boss's chair.
It's literally dog-eat-dog at the foot of the table" - SIX-O-SIX CALLER
Ever since he tried to save a pug named Pal, Northridge veterinarian Melvin Richkind has found himself in a dog-eat-dog battle with the city's Animal Services Department.
We had to keep Bolton down, as the Premiership is a dog-eat-dog world.
Stalking the concrete jungles of America, photographer Jim Goldberg found the ultimate dog-eat-dog world.
We've had a setback against West Brom and Blackburn are coming strong, but it'll be dog-eat-dog all the way through.
Even business people - including those who export pulp, paper, lumber, chemicals, fertilizers, aluminum and transport machinery to the globalizing world of dog-eat-dog capitalism - join in their nation's adherence to social democracy.