windfall profit

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Noun1.windfall profit - profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it
net income, net profit, profit, profits, earnings, lucre, net - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
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The IMF has secured funding for its concessional loans to the world's poorest countries with its membership agreeing to contribute more than 90 percent of the windfall profits from the sale of IMF gold to the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT).
Meanwhile, the Chairman of state-run power company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Arup Roy Chowdhury, said it had made no windfall profits from the allocations and that the lower costs meant cheaper electricity for consumers.
The Government argues the Australian public should be sharing in these windfall profits.
The Algerian energy minster, Chakib Khelil, says he's still waiting for international oil companies' reaction to the proposed new law introducing the windfall profits tax on oil, along with a move to give the state-owned oil firm Sonatrach a 51% interest in their contracts.
Basically, the utilities would be using emissions trading as an excuse to make a windfall profit.
Vertical equity is defined with respect to the rate of change in the relationship between average taxes and windfall profit (Musgrave & Thin, 1948; Pigou, 1928).
The Halls sought a refund of overpaid windfall profit taxes.
Lawyers for Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc said, 'The sale transaction was secretly structured from the outset to give Barclays an immediate and enormous windfall profit.
2bn and still leave Gordon Brown with half his windfall profit.
2bn and still leave Chancellor Gordon Brown with half his windfall profit.
Six brokerage houses are planning to give up more than 16 billion yen in windfall profit they earned on Tuesday's settlement of Mizuho Securities Co.
org's effort to publish which Members of Congress are for and against a windfall profit taxes on obscene oil company profits.