results re‧sults [rɪˈzʌlts] noun [plural]
1. FINANCE the profit or loss made by a company in a particular period of time, or a report it gives about this:

• The company's first full-year results showed sales of $2.46 billion.

• Two British banks announced management changes after announcing poor financial results.

• The bank's strong operating results boosted its stock price.

2. things that happen successfully because of someone's efforts, plans etc:

• I knew I could achieve results despite the difficulties.

• A wide range of financial incentives is likely to produce the best results.

— see also payment-by-results

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ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the amount of a company's sales, profits, etc. in a particular period, or a report showing this: »

Airlines reported significantly better financial results for the first quarter.


P&O reckons its plans should greatly improve the ferry division's operating results.

first-quarter/half-year/year-end, etc. results »

The bank reported another strong set of half-year results recently.

latest/preliminary/interim results »

Investors continued to be nervous ahead of today's interim results.

announce/report results »

The group has recently announced mixed results.

disappointing/poor/mixed results »

Two key homebuilders reported disappointing results.


good/strong results


annual/quarterly results

a successful achievement: achieve/get/see results »

We've spent a lot of money on advertising and are beginning to see the results.

produce/show results »

The work is well under way and showing positive results.

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Financial and business terms. 2012.

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