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Kit Lloyd

Cool chart. It's interesting to look at some conglomerates, especially Proctor and Gamble, that have directly competing product lines and brands under the same umbrella. I'd be interested to know upper management's strategic thinking when they pit their own subsidiaries "against" each other (not saything that it can't be effective).

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Dave Tufte

Oh ... I think that's an easy one.

Suppose your firm creates a new product that is differentiable, and you get positive economic profits when you're the only producer. But competition will drive economic profits to zero with say 6 competitors. Well, there's no reason the original firm can't be one or more of those. If you don't (re)enter that market someone else will. And just because they end up making zero economic profits doesn't make them useless, or mean that they won't earn positive accounting profits.

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