down·​trend | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtrend How to pronounce downtrend (audio) \
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Definition of downtrend

: a tendency downward especially in economic matters : a downward trend : downturn a downtrend in the stock market The Enron bankruptcy reinforced the downtrend in the stock market, which led to further bankruptcies and news of further corporate and individual misdeeds.— George Soros

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The pickup in inflation in March reversed downtrends for both the consumer prices, which had been decelerating since late last year, and producer prices, which began softening last summer. WSJ, "Chinese Inflation Picks Up," 10 Apr. 2019 Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News Suppliers Pump: Major crude producers, including the U.S. and Russia, continued to ramp up output in the second half of 2018, a factor which helped spark the downtrend in oil prices seen since October. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Falls in Choppy Trading," 3 Jan. 2019 On a three-month-average basis, Chinese exports and imports are still on a notable downtrend. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "China’s Economy Needs More Than a Valentine’s Surprise," 14 Feb. 2019 The recent downtrend appears to be driven, in part, by a volatile gauge of margins called trade services. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "U.S. Business Prices Continue to Pull Back at the End of Summer," 12 Sep. 2018 Data from that source indicates that the fraction of profits on corporate income taken by federal, state, local and foreign taxes peaked during World War II and has shown a fairly linear, steady and steep downtrend ever since. Robert J. Shiller, New York Times, "Once Cut, Corporate Income Taxes Are Hard to Restore," 22 June 2018 New research suggests that UFO sightings in the U.S., which tend to move in six- or seven-year fluctuating cycles, are in a permanent downtrend — and researchers are puzzled. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "UFOs are getting harder to spot, research claims," 7 June 2018 Double-digit percentage declines that occur amid an ongoing bear market — or longer-term stock downtrend — are also tough on investor account balances. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Is a 10% drop in the stock market a good time to get in the game?," 16 Feb. 2018 But even at the start of what some industry analysts think might be a multiyear domestic downtrend, there were some notable winners among those models being driven away from the nation's dealerships. Rich Duprey, USA TODAY, "Crossover craze: 5 best-selling cars of 2017, so far," 18 Dec. 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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