Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not enduring; being in a state of constant consumption: nondurable items such as paper products.
  • n. A consumable item: nondurables such as food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Providing useful services for only one period, especially a year.
  • n. A nondurable good.

Etymologies

non- +‎ durable (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In addition, the Commerce Department said factory orders rose 0.5% in October, but inventories of "nondurable" goods, those intended to last less than three years, fell.

    Mixed Data Do Little to Change Glum Economic Outlook

  • Consumers increased their spending on "nondurable" goods, such as food and clothing, by 0.7 percent in February.

    KETV.com - Local News

  • Eurostat said orders for capital goods jumped 3.7% on a monthly basis in December and orders for intermediate goods rose 2.4%, but orders for durable consumer goods fell 2.3% and orders for nondurable consumer goods gained 1.9%.

    Euro-Zone Factory Orders Jump

  • Over the past 12 months, shares of companies that make nondurable household products have underperformed, rising only about 3% compared with the broader market's roughly 20% gain.

    Investors Looking for Firms to Come Clean

  • Orders for nondurable goods, which have been hit harder by the recession because many are tied to the housing market, fell 0.3%.

    Factory-Goods Orders Show Decline

  • Nondurable goods inventories increased 1.2%, while nondurable goods sales decreased 0.3%.

    Jobless Claims Fall Below 400,000

  • Manufacturing output declined 0.4% as production of nondurable goods slumped 1.4%.

    Canada Economy Unexpectedly Soft in May

  • Services, by contrast, tend to be the least volatile part of the economy, with nondurable goods such as clothes and groceries somewhere in the middle.

    Macroegonomics

  • Spending on nondurable goods rose 1.5%, reflecting higher prices for gasoline.

    Gas prices push consumer spending up in February

  • On a monthly basis, orders for intermediate goods increased 4.4% and rose 2.8% for durable consumer goods, but orders for capital goods fell 2.6% and declined 1.3% for nondurable consumer goods.

    Euro-Zone Data Sluggish

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