Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(upward/downward) trend

upward trenddownward trend
Meaning(s)
1) something increasing/decreasing in quantity or value over a period of time
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • upward/downward trend in sales/share prices
  • Analysis

    A trend is a pattern of behaviour; and in the business world, it can be an indication of performance or productivity over time. If there is an upward trend, this indicates an increase in whatever is being measured; while a downward trend indicates a decrease. This is mostly heard in professional and business situations.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The share price of the company has been on an upward trend for the last decade due to good management and clever investments.
    2. Market experts believe that the recent upward trend in oil prices are a result of the ongoing instability in the Middle East.
    3. We've suffered a downward trend in sales, so we really need to step up our game for the next quarter.
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