loss

(redirected from lose)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Loss

The opposite of gain.

Loss

Extracting less money from a transaction than one put into it. For example, a business' expenses may be $1 million for a year but it may only take in $800,000 in revenue. In such a case, the business has suffered a $200,000 loss. This is not always bad; most businesses lose money in the first few years of operation and this can reduce their tax liability when they do make a profit. However, losses over an extended period of time ultimately result in failure. See also: Gain, Paper Loss, Loss Carryforward, Loss Carryback.

loss

The deficiency of the amount received as opposed to the amount invested in a transaction. Compare gain. See also net loss.

loss

the shortfall between a firm's sales revenues received from the sale of its products and the total costs incurred in producing the firm's output (see BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS). Losses may be of a temporary nature occasioned by, for example, a downturn in demand (see BUSINESS CYCLE) or due to an exceptional level of expenditures (such as the launch of a series of new products). Short-term losses are usually financed by a firm running down its RESERVES or by an increase in borrowings. Losses which are sustained over time typically arise from a firm's poor competitive position in a market (see COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE), and unless competitiveness can be restored market exit or DIVESTMENT may be the only practical way of remedying the situation. See MARKET SYSTEM.

loss

the difference that arises when a firm's TOTAL REVENUES are less than TOTAL COSTS. In the SHORT RUN, where firms’ total revenues are insufficient to cover VARIABLE COSTS, then they will exit from the market unless they perceive this situation as being temporary. In these circumstances, where firms’ total revenues are sufficient to cover variable costs and make some CONTRIBUTION towards FIXED COSTS, then they will continue to produce despite overall losses. In the LONG RUN, however, unless firms’ revenues are sufficient to cover both variable and fixed costs, then their overall losses will cause them to exit from the market. See MARKET EXIT, LOSS MINIMIZATION, PROFIT-AND-LOSS ACCOUNT.
References in periodicals archive ?
There's no evidence to support the milk industry's claim that "more than a dozen research studies now support the finding that drinking 24 ounces of milk every 24 hours will help people lose more weight than just reducing their caloric intake.
To lose weight (fat), he must expend fewer calories than he consumes.
When researchers combined the results of 70 studies on almost 1,300 overweight volunteers, they concluded that for every five pounds you lose through dieting, your total cholesterol drops by 7 points, LDL ("bad") cholesterol drops by 3 points, triglycerides drop by 14 points, and HDL ("good") cholesterol rises by 1 point.
Fibre Trim, Fiber Full, Fiber Diet, or Eat 'n Lose couldn't say "44 (or 50 or 75) percent fiber.
Not only did yogurt help the study participants lose more weight--the average weight loss was 14 pounds--they were about twice as effective at maintaining lean muscle mass," Zemel said.
Research suggests that drinking 24 ounces of low-fat or fat free milk every day when combined with a reduced-calorie diet may help you lose more weight and burn more fat compared to a plan that simply cuts calories.
According to the report, employment fell by 2,300 jobs in 2001 and by 17,700 jobs in 2002, and the economists project the state will lose another 2,800 jobs in 2003.
It's obviously not our blueprint to go out and lose Game 1 of any series,'' said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Thanks to this special offer, our users stand a much better chance of recovering their Palm handhelds, keyboards, expansion cards and other accessories should they ever lose them," said Alan Urban, director of accessories and peripherals at Palm, Inc.
Outlook: Was it better to finally win a playoff round after so many disappointments only to lose ''The Battle of Ontario'' to the hated Maple Leafs?
Individuals who use glasses intermittently for reading or driving are most likely to lose their glasses.
We had someone lose a wheelchair - a kid's chair, one special made,'' he said.