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service

an economic activity which is performed to meet a personal or business demand. Some services are either specifically personal (for example hairdressing, dentistry), or business (for example factory maintenance, freight forwarding), but a large number are multifaceted, catering for both sectors, for example, household and industrial painting, telephone services.

The provision of most services (for example, window cleaning) involves a number of characteristics which set them apart from the provision of a GOOD (for example, a motorcar), in particular intangibility - the inability of a customer to see, touch, taste or smell the service, and inseparability - the fact that services are produced and consumed at the same time and thus cannot be stored. See also MARKETING MIX, GAP ANALYSIS. See PRODUCT, PERISHABILITY, VARIABILITY.

service

any intangible economic activity (hairdressing, catering, insurance, banking, etc.) that contributes directly (see FINAL PRODUCTS) or indirectly (see INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS) to the satisfaction of human wants. Services are an important component of GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT.
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Since 1997, employment has declined in the goods-producing sectors of most developed and many developing economies, leaving service industries responsible for all net job creation.
1348, a taxpayer was not entitled to the benefits of the maximum graduated tax rate limitation on personal service income if capital was a material income-producing factor with respect to that service.
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Oates and Goelzer's conclusion that Congress intended to forbid every expert tax service that requires the exercise of experience and professional judgment.
Shasta 5000 BSN was the first platform to provide network-based, value-added IP services such as personal firewalls and virtual private networks, and to enable service providers to offer revenue-generating services at low cost," said Oscar Rodriguez, president, Intelligent Internet, Nortel Networks.
From the end user point of view, the storage decision is not an isolated one, but part of a larger decision that includes the selection of a co-location provider, a network service provider, and (in many cases) a managed service provider.
The social learning model has served as a theoretical base for human service satisfaction research (Bandura, 1977; Caeser, 1997; Fawcett, 1991; Gotlieb, Grewal and Brown, X1984; Higgins; 1987).
Technical service: Complete chemical analytical services for compositional analysis and testing of rubber and all polymeric products, including compositions of rubber materials, all additives, and thermal testing
Both of these bills would provide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients with a choice of service providers.
This is technically correct - since a 1982 reorganization, the Postal Service gets no large annual subsidies from the government other than payment for congressionally franked mail, delivering absentee ballots overseas, and services for the blind.