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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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Hard goods stores for the purposes of the report mainly are retailers of hard and soft home goods, including appliances, electronics, curtains and draperies, and tabletop.
Hard goods specialty stores outpaced their soft goods counterparts in net earnings in 1994-5.
Hard goods stores also outshone the soft goods stores on comparable-store sales growth.
Sales per square foot of selling space was another area where hard goods stores, at $295.
24 percent of total company sales, were just barely lower for hard goods stores than for their soft goods counterparts, which registered 10.
93 for hard goods stores--that is, for every dollar invested in inventory, the retailer gets a $1.
has been named the leading installed point-of-sale (POS) software provider among the largest 250 hard goods retailers in a recently released market study from IHL Consulting Group, a global research and advisory firm specializing in technologies for the retail and hospitality industries.
Pursuant to a separate agreement, WBCP has agreed to renew Applause's domestic gift market Looney Tunes rights for hard goods such as PVC figures, mugs, and key chains.
We are equally pleased with our results in the hard goods market where sales from disposable labels increased 48% over the first quarter of last year to reach a record level of nearly $18 million.
Our newer markets, most of which are hard goods and industrial, offer high growth potential.
The Company's electronic article surveillance (EAS), closed circuit television (CCTV) and exception monitoring systems, and benefit denial products, are used by both soft goods and hard goods retailers to deter shoplifting and internal theft.