bottom line

bottom line
bottom line ˌbottom ˈline noun [countable] informal
1. the figure showing a company's total profit or loss:

• The company's bottom line showed a net profit of 173 million euros.

• Cost-cutting moves under way at the banks should help bottom lines.

2. the end result of something or the most important point about something:

• Accounting doesn't change how much money you bring in; the bottom line is that their movies didn't do well.

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   The final cost or result of a project or action. The term derives from companies' profit and loss accounts in which the bottom line shows the extent of the profit or loss after all income and expenses have been accounted for. In contrast with the top line, which shows net sales or total revenues of a company.

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bottom line UK US noun [S]
ACCOUNTING the final line in the accounts of a company or organization, which states its total profit or loss: help/benefit/boost the bottom line »

Many companies see that becoming more energy efficient, recycling waste, and having a good corporate image can all help the bottom line.


hurt/impact on/affect the bottom line


When he considers a potential investment, he looks strictly at the bottom line.

sb's bottom line — Cf. sb's bottom line
the bottom line — Cf. the bottom line

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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