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Does a loss mean negative operating cash flows? Explain

Qwest Communications Inc. reported $757 million loss in 2005. Does this necessarily mean the company's operating activities consumed cash in 2005?


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Here is a smaller and less intimidating version of the statement of cash flows for 2005 (see these numbers highlighted in yellow in the statement in excel):

Income Before Extraordinary Items (757.000)
Depreciation and Amortization 3,065.000
Less net of ...

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This solution helps the reader to carve out the needed information from the overload of data in the cash flow statement. Discussion is 174 words in everyday language suitable for a novice.