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Years running means consecutive years. No problem with that. But I saw it is used in sentences like:

  1. That helps explain why Greece probably beat its primary budget target for a fourth year running in 2018.

  2. There was a shortfall in zinc production for the second year running in 1996.

To my understanding:

Sentence 1. Greece beat its primary budget target in the last three years, and do the same in the 2018 which is the fourth year.

  1. There was a shortfall in zinc production in 1995 and in 1996 too which is the second year.

As far as I understand that's the sense that it gives but I can not be sure.

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    Your understanding it right. – Colin Fine Mar 3 at 10:51
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This is adjectival meaning 3.1 from the Oxford English:

(postpositive) Consecutive; in succession. "he failed to produce an essay for the third week running"

It's the same meaning as "for the third consecutive week" or "for the third successive week".

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