The Business of English graphs and trends
sales rose steadily
a marked increase
reached their peak
a sudden drop
a significant increase
a sharp increase
bottomed out = reach their lowest levels
an increase to increase
a rise to rise
climb to climb
improvement to improve
decrease to decrease
a fall to fall
a decline to decline
a worsening to worsen
a downturn xx
There was an improvement in the figures for April. (Past Simple)
The figures for April have improved. (Present Perfect)
There has been a decline in sales since June. (Present Perfect)
Sales since June have declined. (Present Perfect)
Sales declined in June. (Past Simple)
big small fast slow
before nouns after verbs
big (a lot)
small (a bit, a little)
There was a dramatic increase in sales.
Sales rose dramatically.
There was a steady rise in sales.
Sales rose steadily.
There was a significant fall in sales.
Sales fell significantly.
There was a slight recovery in sales.
Sales recovered slightly.
The drop in sales is due to an interest rate rise.
a consequence of
The drop in sales is a consequence of an interest rate rise.
The drop in sales is because of an interest rate rise.
a result of
The drop in sales is a result of an interest rate rise
bottomed out = reach their lowest level
experienced a sharp increase
a pronounced drop