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BUSINESS  ENGLISH  VOCABULARY

Graphs - Charts

Statistics - Results - Trends


Graphs and charts are often used to present information and data.
Below you will find useful phrases and vocabulary for presenting figures and trends.
pie chart bar chart line-graph
pie chart bar chart line graph

Presenting Visuals -  useful phrases and vocabulary :

  • As you will see from this graph ...
  • I'd like to show you this chart on which you will see ...
  • Let me draw your attention to this part of the graph.
  • Let's look more closely at this month's figures.
  • This figure refers to the sales in China only.
  • This pie chart shows our share of the European market today.
  • As you can see, our main competitor has an even bigger share.
  • The bar chart represents sales in our Asian outlets.
  • Here you can see a comparison between ...
  • On the line graph you will note :

    • a strong upward trend in the sales of product A ...
      • despite occasional fluctuations ...
      • with a slight drop during the holiday season ...
      • with occasional variations due to ...

    • the overall performance of product B is good.
      • The initial surge in sales was followed by a period
        of slower growth in the second half of the year.
      • The instant success of the product was followed by a
        period of stability in the level of sales.

Commenting trends - useful phrases :

  • Increases :
    • a slight/constant/marked/substantial/increase in sales
    • an increase of about/roughly/approximately/in the region of ... %
    • a little over/above what we predicted
    • the recovery/upturn began in (month)
    • an overall increase in ...
    • an upward trend in the demand for ...
    • sales reached record levels / reached a peak in (month)
    • a strong surge in the sales of ...
    • by (month), the figure had risen to ...
    • we predict that sales will soar in the coming year / over the next ... months
  • Decreases :
    • just under our target
    • way below our expectations
    • a slight / notable / significant decrease in ...
    • the downturn began in (month)
    • the situation began to deteriorate in (month)
    • the number has continued to fall
  • Fluctuations :
    • a slow start developed into steady progress in sales
    • an initial upward trend was followed by ...
    • we note slight fluctuations through the year
    • normal seasonal variations are the cause of occasional downward trends
    • sales have been (rather) irregular
    • the level / the rate has been unstable since ...
    • you will note a certain instability in the rate of ...

Conclusions - useful phrases :

  • We must focus our attention on ...
  • What I suggest is ...
  • There is a necessity for ...
  • We need more ...
  • We have no choice but to ...
  • Appropriate measures must be taken
  • The only option we have is to ...
  • These changes are inevitable.
  • We will have to revise our estimation.
  • The result / outcome will be ...
  • I strongly recommend ...
  • To conclude, I am happy / I regret to announce that ...
 
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