growth rate

compound annual growth rate for the number of full fiscal years shown. If there is a negative or zero value for the first or last year, the growth is N.M. (not meaningful). Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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growth rate ˈgrowth rate noun [countable] ECONOMICS
the speed at which something grows:

• The main attraction of investing in the world's emerging stock markets is their much faster growth rates than those of developed countries.

• The company said its low growth rate stems from the recession's impact on commercial and industrial customers.

ˌannualized ˈgrowth rate also annualised growth rate ECONOMICS
the growth rate for a whole year, calculated using the rate for a shorter period of time:

• The economy raced ahead at a remarkable annualized growth rate of 10.4% in the first three months of the year.

ˌcompound ˈgrowth rate also ˌcompounded ˈgrowth rate ECONOMICS
growth calculated over a period of years, showing the percentage increase for each year in relation to the year before, rather than the percentage increase over the whole period of time. The compound growth rate is the usual way of calculating growth rates:

• Dividend per share has increased from 3.0p nine years ago to 15.8p today - a compound growth rate of 20% per annum.

proˌjected ˈgrowth rate ECONOMICS
the rate at which something is expected to grow in the future:

• The region's projected growth rate has been halved to just 8%.

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growth rate UK US noun [C] ECONOMICS
a measurement of how fast something increases in size during a particular period: »

Developing countries report a high economic growth rate of 6% this year.

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The economy's growth rate has slowed from 3% to 2.5%.

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The agricultural sector has slowed from a growth rate of 7% to 3%.

annual/quarterly/year-on-year growth rate »

The fund has achieved an average annual growth rate of 13.7% over ten years.

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the GDP/job/earnings growth rate

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a fast/healthy/high growth rate

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a low/slow/weak growth rate

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a sustainable/long-term growth rate

See also COMPOUND GROWTH RATE(Cf. ↑compound growth rate), PROJECTED GROWTH RATE(Cf. ↑projected growth rate)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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