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1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.
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Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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In a country exporting primary commodities, an appreciation of the U.S.
My view is that China is in for the long-term picture: good diplomatic relations, good commercial relations, long-term access to Africa's primary commodities, and that it's willing to play a constructive role in financing infrastructure and in building markets together with Africa.
However, it is too risky to rely on exports of primary commodities as the prices of primary commodities are fluctuating sharply in international market.
Insofar as primary commodities are concerned, Malaysia was a putative leader.
They offer a more sober analysis, arguing that neoliberalism has merely been muted as new and somewhat different political regimes have emerged in the context of a wave of anti-neoliberalism, a widespread concern for different policies and an alternative form of development, the relative decline of US power, and the conjunctural advent of a primary commodities boom in the world economy.
This means that economies with better financial systems are more likely to export manufacturing products and import primary commodities. Put differently, financial development favors financially dependent sectors, an observation also made by Antras and Caballero (2009), Beck (2002), Chaney (2005), Egger and Keuschnigg (2009), Ju and Wei (2008), Kletzer and Bardhan (1987), Manova (2008b), Matsuyama (2005) and Wynne (2005).
For the second day in succession, a buoyant primary commodities sector denied the best attempts of the mortgage-lenders, a sector which would appear to be on a downward spiral, to drag the market down.
Rapidly increasing prices of primary commodities, such as crude oil and coal, have until recently had a positive influence on corporate performance with the yen's appreciation against the dollar.
* The primary commodities carried on the inland waterways as a whole are coal, grain, petroleum products and chemicals, aggregates, ores and minerals, iron and steel
We consider these historical rates to be a more realistic gauge of future growth because of these countries' reliance on highly volatile primary commodities and other vulnerabilities such as HIV/AIDS.
for the prices of other primary commodities; OECD projections for 2003