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bottom line

A popular term borrowed from accountancy and business, which was first used as a verb (to state succinctly or summarise) in reference to a final result of a complex process or ultimate conclusion. It is now more widely used as a noun (a summary or basic conclusion), meaning the net income after taxes—excess of revenues over expenses, earnings and profits.
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Of the group of 75 Worcester high school seniors that entered four years ago, 39 went to colleges where Bottom Line works, and 14 will graduate this spring.
It takes longer to create change; it's not a quick hit to the bottom line," Kenney says.
That money flows right to the bottom line," said the firm's accountant, "and without that cost, we're able to quote lower for jobs than many of our competitors.
The technical problem solving and prevention applications have successfully contributed to our bottom line.
Should we maximize the bottom line at the expense of patient care?
Though companies are increasingly concerned about the impact of real estate holdings on the bottom line, they are simultaneously putting pressure on corporate real estate executives to reduce staff and budgets, and cut the cost of managing and maintaining real estate portfolios.
Given this contribution level, lost revenue drops very quickly to the bottom line, which is what has been happening in 2001 and 2002, particularly in sectors such as IT or manufacturing.
It is too easy to regress to a bottom line orientation, especially in times of stress.
Is your reaction to see how fast you can accomplish that reduction, or do you show how you have contributed to the bottom line through reduced expenses, increased income, more service, etc.
The preliminary injunction is scheduled to take effect upon posting of a bond by Bottom Line in an amount to be set by the court.
The RSA, representing 25,000 owners of approximately 1 million apartments, has met its goals in a number of ways, perhaps none more important than shielding the owners' bottom line from the harsh economic climate we now confront.