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BUSINESS INVENTORIES: Stocks of finished products, intermediate goods, raw materials, and other inputs that businesses have on hand. One big reason to keep inventories is to maintain a continuous stream of production by avoiding any supply shortages. Another big reason is to avoid the loss of sales because finished products are unavailable when a customer is ready, willing, and able to buy.

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PURE MARKET ECONOMY: An economy in which markets answer all allocation decisions and answers all three questions of allocation. There is no government. Markets do it all. This is a theoretical ideal or extreme that does not exist in the real world. As a theoretical ideal, though, it does provide a benchmark that can be used for comparison with real world economic systems.

     See also | economy | economic system | market | allocation | three questions of allocation | pure market economy | mixed economy | capitalism | free enterprise | laissez faire | command economy | pure command economy | communism | socialism |

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The state of equilibrium that exists when the opposing market forces of demand and supply achieve a balance with no inherent tendency for change. Once achieved, a market equilibrium persists unless or until it is disrupted by an outside force, especially the demand and supply determinants. A market equilibrium is indicated by equilibrium price and equilibrium quantity.

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