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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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Richard, of Gosforth, Newcastle, organises the Dog's Dinner biannual ball, which raises funds to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy through its training.
Alex Watson, leader of Derwentside District Council, which was left with no choice but to approve the plans, said: "This new town council will be a dog's dinner.
'We feel the school breakfast plan was a dog's dinner of an idea because it has been very poorly thought out,' said Dr Howard.
It has already been branded a "dog's dinner" by pensioners, transport bosses and politicians.
Considering the traumas behind the scenes of Cursed, it's little wonder that the finished film is such a dog's dinner
Small business owners have criticised North-east Assembly proposals as a "half-baked dog's dinner".
But remember there's a fine line between Marilyn Monroe in that gold pleated dress or looking like a dog's dinner done up in a Quality Street toffee wrapper.
And the world-class scrum-half vows that Joe Schmidt's men won't make a dog's dinner of their Twickenham mission after learning they were champions while eating last Saturday evening.
A SCOTS pub has responded to a boom in four-legged visitors by offering a dog's dinner to guests.
Clr Peter McBride has described the government's devolution deal as a dog's breakfast but it looks like is could end up being a dog's dinner as well.
He said Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, had made a "dog's dinner" out of the Dog Breeding Bill, claimed there was insufficient consultation on it and said he would vote against it next week.
SMALL joys of TV: The Cesar dog food ad running during Big Brother - apt, he's made a right dog's dinner of his stay there.