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    Industry or Business?

    Many lines of work, now called "industries," used to be known simply as "businesses." For example: "The horse racing industry" [often heard re the Kentucky Derby]. The "prostitution industry" is another example, or the 'daycare industry."
    To me, the term "industry" traditionally suggested manufacturing, heavy duty equpment, warehousing, transportation etc.
    Maybe this is too trivial a distinction, but I would welcome your views.
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    [QUOTE=I.M. Knott;997256]
    To me, the term "industry" traditionally suggested manufacturing, heavy duty equpment, warehousing, transportation etc./QUOTE]

    To me also.

    I don't think the connotation has changed much in AmE at least where I live. I don't hear industry being confused with business.
    Last edited by probus; 18-Jul-2013 at 05:44.

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    Re: Industry or Business?

    I agree with you that in the past it summoned up ideas of factories etc. However, now the "fashion industry", "music industry", "movie industry" etc are all commonly used terms. For me, it's a general term which encompasses many businesses. The fashion industry is made up of thousands of separate fashion businesses (or individual companies).

    With regard to music, that seems quite fair since music today seems to be churned out by several factories who all produce musicians who sound exactly the same!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Industry or Business?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ...the "fashion industry", "music industry", "movie industry" etc are all commonly used terms. For me, it's a general term which encompasses many businesses.
    I agree with ems.

    For those who only believe what they can read in a dictionary, Merriam-Webster has this under 'industry':

    c : a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises <the banking industry>

    Rover

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