Red Ink

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Red Ink

Informal; a loss or deficit. A company or organization may continue to operate in red ink for a time, but it is not sustainable. See also: In the red, In the black.
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The bottom line: Red-ink behavior is bad for the checkbook.
The balance logged a red-ink figure for the fourth straight month.
The LDP Tax System Research Council decided to put off the imposition of the taxes to avoid dealing further blows to numerous red-ink companies languishing under the nation's deepening economic stagnation, the officials said.
These production model scanners are all equipped with 1,000 sheet automatic document feeders, red-ink drop-out and imprinters.
But it was within a widely expected red-ink figure of around $64.