percentage

Price expressed as a percentage of par. Euroclear Clearing and Settlement glossary

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percentage per‧cen‧tage [pəˈsentɪdʒ ǁ pər-] noun [countable, uncountable]
1. an amount considered as part of a total which is 100:
percentage of

• What percentage of sales are generated abroad?

• Rental companies bought a high percentage of the vehicles sold.

• Spending on research and development as a percentage of profits is low.

2. percentage increase/​decrease/​rise etc the increase, decrease etc considered as part of a total which is 100:

• The percentage increase in the construction sector was much higher than in manufacturing.

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percentage UK US /pəˈsentɪdʒ/ noun
[C] an amount of something, often expressed as a number out of 100: a high/large/small percentage »

A high percentage of their customers order their goods online.

as a percentage of sth »

Gross margin as a percentage of net sales for the year was 45%.

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The fees are usually expressed as a percentage of the selling price.

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Some ISA providers charge on a percentage basis, while others use flat fees.

a percentage gain/growth/increase »

Official retail figures for the month of July show the largest percentage increase in retail sales since the beginning of the year.

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a percentage decrease/fall/loss

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calculate/estimate a percentage

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percentage of income/revenue/sales

[S] a part of the profit received by someone who sells something: »

He gets a percentage of gross profits as part of his salary package.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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