Business vocabulary exercise: sales trends (reach, remain, increase, a rise, a fall)

Business English vocabulary exercise, intermediate / upper-intermediate level.

This exercise gives you practice with words used for describing sales trends: reach, remain, increase, a rise, a fall.

Instructions:
1. Study the vocabulary, including ‘how to use’ and the example sentences.
2. Do the exercise below and check your answers.

reach

reach

reach
verb to get to, to arrive at
how to use reach a target; reach an amount; reach a (sales) plan
examples 1. We didn’t reach the sales plan last month. We were $10,000 under.
2. Sales reached a record level in December.

a rise

rise

rise
noun an increase in number, amount, price, value, taxes, etc.
how to use a rise in something, prices, sales
synonyms: an increase
examples 1. There was a dramatic rise in sales of the product.
2. There was a rise in the price of petrol in March.

remain

re.main

remain
verb to stay or still exist after everything else has gone
how to use intransitive verb: the verb doesn’t have an object
something remains; sales remain strong, steady, the same;
remain at a level
examples 1. Sales remained at the same level in February.
2. Sales of swimwear remained strong in July, despite the cold weather.

a fall

fall

fall
noun an decrease in number, amount, price, value, taxes, etc.
how to use a fall in something, prices, sales
synonyms: a decrease
examples 1. We saw a slight fall in sales last month.
2. There was a fall in sales last year.

increase

in.crease

increase_verb
verb to become bigger in size;
opposite: fall, drop, decrease
how to use intransitive verb: the verb doesn’t have an object
something increases; increase by an amount, number
opposite: drop, decrease
examples 1. The good news is that sales are still increasing.
2. Our transport costs have increased because of the rising price of petrol.

Now try this exercise. Choose a word from the box for each gap in the text. Use each word once:

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