I fail to see any actual distinction here.Originally Posted by sangha
Meant to, and want to has the same meaning in this context.
No, in the case I described, the subsidiary is not taking any action to increase its' profits. They are *deliberately* incurring losses.
In the made up hypothetical you described, you said it was to increase the profits of a different company. So the actions were still done to increase profit somewhere, so you can’t even make up a scenario out of thin air that defends your position.