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A popular term for financial losses, given that graphs of a company’s performance in a particular market are drawn in black when there is a net gain and red when there it a net loss

red ink

Health administration A popular term for financial losses. Cf in the Black.
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1 billion yen, with red-ink figures increasing in the transport and tourism sectors.
He's worked with a variety of organizations as both a consultant and employer, and he's seen many of these red-ink traits in action.
It would be enough to turn you, too, from an eternal red-ink editor into a happy coach with lots of free time
The current account balance -- the broadest gauge of trade -- registered the biggest red-ink figure since comparable data became available in January 1985.
This method enables taxes to be collected from even red-ink companies.