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I saw this in a news article saying that Toshiba had losses of \1T:

東芝、赤字1兆円超か

http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S12867082.html

What is the purpose of adding か at the end?

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超【ちょう】 is "over/above ~", the antonym for 未満.

  • 2m超のヘビ
  • 100kg超の体重

This か is a question marker. か after a noun/suru-verb is a typical "headlinese" expression meaning "there is a possibility that / suspicion of ~". It corresponds to a question mark in English headlines.

  • また賃金削減
    More Wage Cuts?
  • 英国、EU離脱
    UK to Exit EU? / UK Exits EU?
    (referring to something that seems to have happened but is unconfirmed, or something that is likely to happen in the near future)

Similar expressions:

  • 英国、EU離脱
    UK May Exit EU
    (referring to something not very likely but not impossible; ~もあり得る)
  • 英国、EU離脱
    UK To Exit EU
    (referring to something that is going to happen)

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