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Consumer non-durables


Non-durable goods, such as food, drink, or tobacco, designed for use by final consumers. Some of these are in fact purchased by businesses, for example food for works canteens. Non-durables are not the same as perishable goods. Some non-durables such as wine actually have quite long shelf lives: they are non-durable in the sense that they can only be used once when they are finally consumed.


Reference: Oxford Press Dictonary of Economics, 5th edt.