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    "It has also served to isolate polyester staple prices
    from the upward price pressure that the fluctuations
    downstream in raw materials have justified."

    I think somthing influenced the price of polyester staple did not go up.
    But I can't figure out "...that the fluctuations downstream in
    raw materials have justified."
    what that mean?

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    More context might be helpful here. The phrase "fluctuations
    downstream" is one I have not encountered before.

    :)

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    Downstream means further along the chain- from raw materials to refined materials to products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Downstream means further along the chain- from raw materials to refined materials to products.
    That helps a little. (I can see now that it's a metaphor.) What about the "fluctuations" part and the "justify" part?

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Downstream means further along the chain- from raw materials to refined materials to products.
    That helps a little. (I can see now that it's a metaphor.) What about the "fluctuations" part and the "justify" part?

    :)
    I'm still working on polyester staple prices. (staples made from polyester) j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    That helps a little. (I can see now that it's a metaphor.) What about the "fluctuations" part and the "justify" part?

    :)
    I presume that raw materialprices have risen, but polyester staples are not affected by the upward pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Downstream means further along the chain- from raw materials to refined materials to products.
    That helps a little. (I can see now that it's a metaphor.) What about the "fluctuations" part and the "justify" part?

    :)
    I'm still working on polyester staple prices. (staples made from polyester) j/k
    That's another one I don't know. What's a polyester staple?

    :wink:

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