problem child

problem child
problem child ˈproblem ˌchild noun problem children PLURALFORM [countable usually singular]
1. COMMERCE a product or business that has financial problems, often one that its makers or owners do not know what to do with:

• The troubled company is widely regarded as the problem child in the group's portfolio.

2. MARKETING a product with a low percentage of the total sales in a market that is growing quickly. Problem children are one of the four types of product in the Growth/​Share Matrix

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problem child UK US noun [C, plural , problem children]
FINANCE a product or part of a company that is losing money: »

Yesterday the company coolly dumped its US problem child into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

MARKETING a product that needs a lot of investment in order to become competitive in a market that is growing quickly: »

The company agreed to continue investing in selected problem children to try and build them into the stars of the future.

Compare CASH COW(Cf. ↑cash cow), DOG(Cf. ↑dog), STAR(Cf. ↑star)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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