› ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the amount of money that leaves a company, industry, or country during a particular period : the outflow of sth Currency devaluation triggered a rapid outflow of foreign funds. Concerns over the group's cash outflow saw shares fall 8.5p yesterday to 248.25p. Data shows that the net outflow from property funds, is around 3.6% of the total property funds under management. The chart shows UK inflows and outflows compared with France, traditionally also a big investor.an outflow of $4 billion/£350 million/17.5%, etc. Life assurance businesses have seen an outflow of £37m compared with positive income of £94m in the first half of the year.large/massive/significant outflow Bond markets received a boost from the massive outflow of funds from "emerging markets" in the wake of the financial crisis.
› ECONOMICS the number of workers that leave a company, industry, or country: the outflow of sth Because of the outflow of workers to Western Europe, the real unemployment rate is smaller than the official 12%. → Compare inflow → See also capital outflow