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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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While the knowledge of key phrases will not allow for in-depth conversations with Arabs, it demonstrates the serviceman's respect and willingness to learn about Arab culture and language.
That patient, a US serviceman living in the Tidewater region of eastern Virginia, had a mild febrile illness and multiple eschars.
After the shooting, Matsumoto turned himself in at a police station, saying he shot Heinz as he was annoyed at being stared at by Heinz when the serviceman cut in front of his car.
Air Commodore Qadeer Hashmi said the serviceman lost his temper in an argument during an indoor game at the base Wednesday morning and started spraying shots indiscriminately, killing the six.
Career serviceman. With experience as a Commando Officer with the British SAS, Bell is now the President of Globe Risk Securities
Payment by credit card or a similarly easy billing system is necessary, the paper quoted the serviceman as saying.
The records outlined the skills each veteran would learn, the length of his or her instruction, the number of hours the former serviceman would work, the types of tasks he or she would have to perform, and the specific wage increases the veteran could expect as he or she progressed under the program.(47)
"The wounded serviceman was promptly taken to hospital but died of deadly wounds, despite efforts taken by medics," it added.
18 (BNA): BDF Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Dhiab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi led the prayer of funeral at Al-Hidd Cemetery on the body of fallen BDF serviceman, Sergeant-Major Isa Abdulla Badr Eid, who lost his life while carrying out his duties within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in the southern borders of Saudi Arabia.
The main work of the serviceman specializing in agronomics involves assisting in the management of the demonstration garden and trial plots, and in collecting and analyzing trial data.
Summary: Nizam Mogheit, brother of captive serviceman Ibrahim Mogheit, said Tuesday that he opposed any politicization of the crisis, and that General Security head Maj.
The same sources affirmed that the regional hospital had initially received the bodies of 3 servicemen and 3 others wounded, then it received the remains of a fourth serviceman who succumbed to his injuries and 6 others wounded who were evacuated from the terrorist attack scene.