Shrink

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Shrink

A slang term for the losses a retail company suffers from shoplifting. Some companies, such as grocery stores, may build shrink into their earnings estimates.
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The head shrinkers who work out supermarket methods have discovered that there is a curious reluctance to make the first purchase.
Do yourself a favour and think big for 2000 and leave the pain and denial to the glittering cast of wishful shrinkers.