DEFINITION of 'Durables'

A category of consumer goods, durables are products that do not have to be purchased frequently. Some examples of durables are appliances, home and office furnishings, lawn and garden equipment, consumer electronics, toy makers, small tool manufacturers, sporting goods, photographic equipment, and jewelry.

Also known as "durable goods".


Consumer goods are often classified as durables or non-durables. Durables are the stuff you buy to last, like a TV or a freezer.

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