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death spiral (costing-based)

Some of an entity's overhead costs are either fixed (in that they remain the same irrespective of the volume of production or service-providing activity) or are semi-variable (in that a portion of the cost is fixed).  Eliminating a product or service can increase the overhead rate used to cost products or services because these fixed or semi-variable costs (the numerator in the overhead rate) remain the same or decrease more slowly than the cost allocation base (the denominator), which is often...