unprofitable

unprofitable
unprofitable un‧prof‧it‧a‧ble [ʌnˈprɒftəbl ǁ -ˈprɑː-] adjective FINANCE
an unprofitable business or activity does not make a profit:

• The factory was unprofitable and was closed down.

— unprofitably adverb :

• Their plastics business continued to operate unprofitably in the first quarter of this year.

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unprofitable UK US /ʌnˈprɒfɪtəbl̩/ US  /-ˈprɑːfɪə-/ adjective FINANCE, COMMERCE
not making a profit: an unprofitable business/company/store »

When the Asian financial crisis hit, it shut 32 unprofitable businesses.

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unprofitable markets/operations/products

unprofitable customers/passengers »

It promises $80m of savings and that means shedding unprofitable customers.

unprofitably adverb
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The insurance company had been trading unprofitably.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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