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Business Words in the News
Friday 16 May 2003
Vocabulary from the business news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Car production and prices fell in April
US deflation fears
Summary: Wholesale prices in the US have had their biggest fall in more than half-a-century, prompting fears of deflation. The prices fell by just under two per cent in April, the biggest fall since records started in 1947. This report from Stephen Evans:
   
The News Listen  
  The latest figures for American wholesale prices show they fell by nearly two per cent last month. Part of the reason was a fall in oil prices, reversing a previous rise brought on by war, but other prices fell as well - particularly those of cars and clothing.

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve warned of the risk of what it called 'an unwelcome substantial fall in inflation'.

Falling prices would turn the economic world upside down. There would be large pressure for pay cuts, for example, and that would put pressure on anyone with debts.

We aren't there yet. Some other figures do show consumers and businesses getting more confident about economic prospects. If the latest figures, though, are a sign of further price falls, any current glimmers of optimism would vanish.

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  wholesale prices
the prices of goods leaving the producer

 
   
  fall
decrease, reduction

 
   
  reversing
changing to its opposite

 
   
  brought on by
caused by

 
   
  substantial
here - big, noticeable

 
   
  turn… upside down
change... completely

 
   
  we aren't there yet
the situation is not as bad as described yet

 
   
  glimmers of optimism would vanish
even the slight hope will be lost

 
   
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