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English definition of “tertiary industry”

tertiary industry

noun [C or U]    
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE an industry that provides services rather than producing goods , or these industries considered as a group : The government is studying the structure of tertiary industries and plans to develop the business consultancy and tourism sectors . Shanghai's ratio of tertiary industry to GDP is still much higher than the national average .
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(Definition of tertiary industry noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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