The transition point between a rising, expanding economy to a falling, contracting one. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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downturn down‧turn [ˈdaʊntɜːn ǁ -tɜːrn] noun [countable, uncountable]
ECONOMICS COMMERCE the part of the economic cycle when prices or the value of stocks, shares etc fall:

• The publishing sector has proved largely immune to economic downturn.

downturn in

• We have seen a sharp downturn in orders.

• Our value-oriented portfolio should serve us well in the event of a market downturn.

— compare recession, upturn

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downturn UK US /ˈdaʊntɜːn/ noun [C, usually singular] (also downswing)
ECONOMICS a reduction in the amount or success of something, such as a country's economic activity: economic/market downturn »

Thousands of workers have lost their jobs in the economic downturn.


There is evidence of a downturn in the housing market.

see/experience/suffer a downturn »

The company saw a downturn in sales over the last six months.


a serious/severe/sharp downturn


a global/world/general downturn

Compare UPTURN(Cf. ↑upturn)
See Note RECESSION(Cf. ↑recession)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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