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 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 Cars, consumer goods, hospitality and entertainment are key drivers. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Use Airbnb, Uber or Lyft? Beware. There can be a dark side to sharing with strangers," 7 Dec. 2019 Companies that make or sell consumer goods such as cigarettes, food and beverages also eked out a gain., "Stocks stumble amid trade tensions, weak economic data - The Boston Globe," 3 Dec. 2019 Many merchants also have loaded up on inventory in anticipation of upcoming tariffs, which would raise the price of laptops, high chairs, winter gloves and other consumer goods beginning Dec. 15. Author: Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Weeks after ‘Black Friday’ sales started, it’s finally here. And it’s anticlimactic.," 29 Nov. 2019 It was led by a drop in imports -- particularly autos and consumer goods. Arkansas Online, "Spending aids in bolstering U.S. economy," 28 Nov. 2019 Reaching a deal could forestall another round of American tariffs set to go into effect on Dec. 15 on even more Chinese imports, including consumer goods like smartphones and laptops. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Condemns U.S. Over Hong Kong. That Won’t Stop Trade Talks.," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of consumer goods

1901, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Consumer goods.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 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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Legal Definition of consumer goods

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