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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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It was one of the first aircraft deployed into Afghanistan and saw service on four rotations, or 513 days.
Built in the 1960s, Sandwell is a former British Rail class 27 diesel locomotive, which saw service in Scotland.
In his career in the forces, he held a succession of command appointments and saw service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.
While their career trajectories are diverse, all but one, as it happens, are from East Coast newspapers, and four of the seven saw service with Gannett.
Trade and investment interests in postings that ranged from Paris and Milan, to Rome, Santiago and Geneva, she also saw service in Bogota during the Columbian revolution, attacks on the U.
Whitcomb and his regiment saw service in Kansas, at Vicksburg, Jackson, Natchez, and the Meridian Campaign in Mississippi, Kennesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, the battle of Atlanta in Georgia.
Verton includes his recruitment, training, and frontline service experiences as he saw service with the 5th SS Panzer Division 'Wiking" and then later with the SS Regiment Besslein.
The movie recounts how Bond won his licence to kill, which saw service as stars Sean Connery, left, RogerMoore and Pierce Brosnan all played Ian Fleming's agent 007.
Brian Hill, 30, who saw service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, died instantly when the BMW he was in hit a tree.
He saw service as a Border Patrol agent on our northern and southern borders and many of our major coastal ports, including New York City, Miami, and San Diego.
HMS Loch Fada an anti-submarine frigate, the first and last of her class of 28 saw service from 1944 until 1969 - finally being converted into razor blades in 1970.
The 34-year-old, of Richmond Grove, Wollaston, saw service in all three armed forces.