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Durable Merchandise

Consumer products designed and intended to last longer than three years. Some examples of durable merchandise, such as cars, are expensive, while others, such as forks and knives, are not. Companies that produce durable merchandise can be volatile, as their profits fluctuate according to how often their customers need more of their products. Durable merchandise is also called consumer durables or durable goods.

durable goods

Goods, such as appliances and automobiles, that have a useful life over a number of periods. Firms that produce durable goods are often subject to wide fluctuations in sales and profits. Also called consumer durables.

durable goods

see CONSUMER DURABLES.
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The overriding consideration in the index's development is to provide a monthly measurement of consumer spending on durable goods that will provide retailers with a reliable outlook for consumer purchases with sufficient accuracy to provide an accurate gauge for short term planning," German says.
After strong growth in August, the output of durable goods materials was unchanged, as gains in the output of parts destined for use in computer, aviation, and defense equipment were offset by declines in parts used primarily in consumer durables.
Among durable goods materials, decreases in metals and in motor vehicle parts and related equipment were offset by further strong gains among electronics components.
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Reductions in the production of original equipment parts for motor vehicles and in the output of miscellaneous plastics and basic metals materials account for much of the decrease in durable goods materials.
7 percent rise in the output of durable goods materials in July.
The release of monthly durable goods set a dour tone for traders earlier this morning.
The production of business equipment and durable goods materials rose sharply.
In market groups, output of consumer goods excluding motor vehicles and electricity for residential use edged up in April and May, owing mainly to gains in production of durable goods such as appliances, carpeting, and furniture; production of most other consumer goods has changed little in recent months.
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