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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.
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Slang for an undesirable property.

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NEVER mind man's best friend - these pups are all about the ladies as they pal up to Countdown star Rachel Riley and singer Natalie Appleton.
MAN'S best friend is actually more popular with women while men prefer cats, according to a survey.
"The awards ceremony reminds us why the faithful hound has earned the much deserved title of man's best friend.
Extraordinary Dogs (Five, 7.30pm) IT'S true what they say about dogs - very rarely will you find a more loyal companion than man's best friend.
Man's best friend shouldn't be thought of as a mere status symbol.
"Ginger's Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship" is a look at the value of man's best friend in overcoming the challenges that humanity faces.
"Dogs: Funny Side Up!" is a collection of hilarious stories for revolving around man's best friend that will split the sides of the dog lover in all readers.
About a fifth of Japanese households have a dog, and demand is growing for cars that cater for man's best friend, according to Honda.
Helena Hill, 32, relocation worker of Gateshead: They are man's best friend. They can help people in so many ways.
A 'DOG CENSUS' conducted by dog food manufacturer Winalot has found that man's best friend would rather be with his master in the pub than chasing balls or fetching sticks in the park.
They aren't the only couple in the world to split up, and personally a dog is more loyal thananything - man's best friend. I hope they are shamed and disgraced for what they have done.
Louis began a study of man's best friend. Lawler and his colleagues paired 48 retriever puppies by weight and gender.