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- n. Any expense incurred in running a business, such as sales and administration, as opposed to production.
- n. The money an entity spends in order to turn inventory into throughput.
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- n. the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes
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Actual operating expense could, no doubt, be reducced if the machinery was available, but present income is not sufficient to purchase the same.