cyclical industry

Definition

An industry which is sensitive to business cycles and whose performance is tied to the overall economy, especially interest rates. Many cyclical industries produce durable, commodity-like goods such as raw materials, cars, chemicals, construction, paper, steel, and heavy equipment. Given the durable nature of the goods, such purchases often get postponed in poor economic conditions, but sell especially well in good economic conditions.

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