Nondurable Goods


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Nondurable Goods

Consumer products designed and intended to last less than three years. Some examples of nondurable merchandise, such as designer clothes, are expensive, while others, such as microwaveable pizza or cat food, are not. Companies that produce nondurable merchandise may be less volatile than those that produce durable goods, as consumers must return to buy more on a fairly regular basis.
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The output of nondurable goods materials dropped 0.2 percent, continuing the sluggish pattern that has been evident this year.
The production of nondurable goods edged down, reversing the July increase; continued weakness in textile mill products, apparel, and robber and plastics accounted for most of the decline.
While the production of durable and nondurable goods materials edged down, the output of energy materials increased sharply.
The output at durable and nondurable goods producers declined 0.2 percent.
After an increase of 0.4 percent in June, the overall output of consumer goods slipped 0.2 percent in July; the production of durable goods was unchanged, and that of nondurable goods fell 0.3 percent.
When analyzed by industry group, the data show that factory output fell 0.2 percent in July, with decreases at manufacturers of both durable and nondurable goods; manufacturing production last increased in January.
Growth in the output of nondurable goods has also slowed since spring.