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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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Between them they have clocked up more than 20 medals for their service careers, plus one MBE, and have seen service in the Second World War, Palestine and Northern Ireland.
Rebecca Dyer and Michael Camack, all have seen service in Iraq during the past year.
As far as I recall Anne's only seen service in the Brownies.
All weapons, equipment and costumes used during the weekend will be authentic, having seen service in India, Zululand, The Transvaal and early Sudan Campaigns.
The preproduction Global Hawk, one of three that has seen service in the War on Terror, has logged more than 3,000 hours of combat flying time during its two years in the Middle East.
These books not only deal specifically with the experience and service of the detachments of the 12th and 50th Regiments in colonial Queensland during the years 1860 to 1869, but also include personnel who had previously seen service on the Victorian goldfields during 1854 (including 6 soldiers of the 12th who were in Ballarat at the time of Eureka), while others assisted the defence of the civil order at the Lambing Flats goldfields disturbances in 1861-62.
Around 14,000 personnel currently serving were recruited in the region They include the 3 5 officers and men of The King's Regiment Ist Battalion, which recruits almost exclusively in Liverpool and Manchester, who have seen service in both Iraq and Kosovo in the last two years.
He's also seen service with Millwall, Tooting & Mitcham, Molesley, Welling, Chesham Utd, Chertsey Town, Hampton & Richmond, St Albans City.