percentage point


Definition of percentage point

: one hundredth of a whole : percent interest rates rose one percentage point from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent

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Recent Examples on the Web McMurray ended up losing the 2018 election by a whisker — less than half a percentage point. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "Goodbye to the Hometown Paper," 8 July 2020 The eurozone economy is now expected to contract by 8.7% this year, the European Commission forecasts, a full percentage point lower than its outlook from just two months ago. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Europe’s success in managing the COVID-19 health crisis is not enough to save its economy," 7 July 2020 In Fox News's latest Texas poll, Biden leads the president by 1 percentage point. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Beto O'Rourke: 'Texas is Biden's to lose'," 26 June 2020 Overall apartment vacancy in the D-FW area rose above 5% — up by more than a percentage point from second quarter 2019. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Pandemic hammers D-FW apartment market," 6 July 2020 The seven-day average for positive tests dropped slightly to 13.4%, down 1 percentage point from Thursday but still triple the rate of 3.8% of June 1. CBS News, "Florida bans drinking alcohol at bars as state shatters record for new coronavirus cases," 26 June 2020 Trump won Wisconsin by less than a percentage point in 2016, a margin that helped give him an edge in the Electoral College and propelled him to the presidency. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump heads to Wisconsin for visit to another crucial swing state as polls show him trailing Biden," 25 June 2020 The brief also predicts food and nutrition insecurity will rapidly expand due to the impact of the pandemic, and every percentage point drop in global domestic product equates to an additional 0.7 million stunted children. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "UN warns nearly 50M people could enter into extreme poverty and go hungry amid pandemic," 10 June 2020 But, as Freddie Mac noted, while the yields for a 10-year Treasury bond have dropped more than a full percentage point this year, mortgage rates have only declined by one-third of a point. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates hit record low, could dip below 3 percent," 2 July 2020

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2020

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“Percentage point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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