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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.


Slang for an undesirable property.

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Mail carriers go to the dogs six days a week, but on Saturday, the dogs came to them.
Thanksgiving weekend will go to the dogs when Disney and Kmart join forces for a holiday celebration featuring Cruella De Vil and the world's largest, most lovable family of canines: Disney's "102 Dalmatians.
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern must ensure not a cent more of taxpayers' money is wasted arresting people over such trivial matters - before this country really does go to the dogs.