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NONDURABLE GOODS, CONSUMPTION: Personal consumption expenditures on tangible goods that tend to last for less than a year. Common examples are food, clothing, and gasoline. This is one of three categories of personal consumption expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The other two are durable goods and services. Nondurable goods are about 30% of personal consumption expenditures and 20% of gross domestic product.

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CONSUMER BEHAVIOR: Actions (that is, behavior) undertaken by people (that is, consumers) that involve the satisfaction of wants and needs. Such actions often, but not always, involve the acquisition (that is, purchase) of goods and services through markets. The study of consumer behavior is fundamental to the understanding of the demand-side of the market. From a marketing perspective, the patterns, actions or steps in the process of decision making by consumers. The decision making process is influenced by various attitudes, motives, and social influences on the purchaser. Buyers tend to behave in certain ways including habits, brand loyalty, and post purchase behavior.

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ENERGY PRICES, AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate supply determinants assumed constant when the aggregate supply curve is constructed, and that shifts the aggregate supply curve when it changes. An increase in the energy prices causes a decrease (leftward shift) of the aggregate supply curve. A decrease in the energy prices causes an increase (rightward shift) of the aggregate supply curve. Other notable aggregate supply determinants include technology, wages, and the capital stock. Energy prices fall under the resource price aggregate supply determinant.

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