consumer goods

plural noun

Definition of consumer goods

: goods that directly satisfy human wants

Examples of consumer goods in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, new legislation in some countries, such as India, is forcing consumer goods companies to pay to collect plastic trash. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Nestlé Tries to Tackle Big Food’s Plastic Problem," 16 Jan. 2020 Companies in sectors like telecom services, utilities, real estate and consumer goods have benefited from this flight to income. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Bond yields are really low. What's an investor craving yield to do?," 10 Jan. 2020 A year ago, Avon sold its U.S. and Canadian operations to LG, South Korea’s consumer goods giant. Susie Gharib, Fortune, "Brazil Beauty Company Natura Wants to Give Avon a Makeover," 10 Jan. 2020 While the shrinking trade bill should provide a boost to gross domestic product in the fourth quarter, falling imports of consumer goods also suggest a cooling in domestic demand. Washington Post, "U.S. trade deficit fell to three-year low in November as imports declined, exports rose," 7 Jan. 2020 Their efforts have given us frictionless access to media, information, consumer goods, and chauffeurs. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 In 2017, Kraft Heinz made a $143 billion bid for the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, which rejected it. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "7 M&As That Defined a Decade of Dealmaking—and Reshaped the Economy," 27 Dec. 2019 The first phase includes postponement of $160 billion in additional tariffs on consumer goods, which had been scheduled to start on Dec. 15, and a roll-back on some existing tariffs that could be reinstated in the future. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "The Markets Have Spoken: Phase One Trade Deal Between the U.S. and China Is “No Victory”," 13 Dec. 2019 The new duties, which were scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Washington time on Sunday unless the administration says otherwise, would hit consumer goods from China including smartphones and toys. Jenny Leonard, Shawn Donnan, Time, "Trump Signs Off on Trade Deal With China to Avert December Tariffs," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of consumer goods

1901, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Consumer goods.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consumer goods

: products that people buy for personal use or for use at home

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