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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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Section I documents the moderate pace of the recovery in general and of durable goods spending in particular.
This is the same sort of commitment problem first noted by Coase [1972] for durable goods monopolists.
Equation (5) indicates the direct relationship between the current rental rate and the return on the investment in durable goods. Because new durable goods are more expensive than used, the non-negative sign follows.
When analyzed by industry group, the data show that factory output decreased 0.5 percent in October after a 0.3 percent gain in September; the production of durable goods dropped 0.7 percent, while that of nondurable goods slipped 0.2 percent.
The output of other durable consumer goods declined noticeably for the third consecutive month, putting it more than 4 percent below its June level and more than 1 percent below its year-ago level; the weakness in September was concentrated in household furniture, refrigerators, and miscellaneous durable goods. In contrast to the lowered output of consumer durables in September, the production of consumer nondurables rose 0.5 percent, led by gains in the production of foods and chemical products; electricity usage and the output of clothing and paper products also increased, but gasoline output fell.
The output of durable goods materials rose 1.1 percent, with gains in the output of parts destined for use in consumer goods or in business and defense equipment.
The strength was evident in durable goods materials, particularly semiconductors, computer parts, miscellaneous plastics materials, and parts used to make motor vehicles.
Among durable goods materials, decreases in metals and in motor vehicle parts and related equipment were offset by further strong gains among electronics components.
The output of the durable goods component dropped 2.1 percent, largely because of further sizable cutbacks in the production of consumer autos and trucks.
Gains in equipment parts, however, especially semiconductors and computer parts, have been robust and have accounted for much of the 0.7 percent rise in the output of durable goods materials in July.
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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