Losses result from the sale of an asset (other than inventory) for less than the amount shown on the company's books. Since the loss is outside of the main activity of a business, it is reported as a nonoperating or other loss. To learn more, see Explanation of Income Statement . The term losses is also used to report the writedown of asset amounts to amounts less than cost. It is also used to refer to several periods of net losses caused by expenses exceeding revenues.