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English definition of “operating loss”

operating loss

noun [C]     ACCOUNTING
the amount by which the cost of goods sold plus operating expenses is more than a company's income in a particular period of time: The company made an operating loss of £1.2m on turnover of £111m in the year to end of March.
(Definition of operating loss noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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