Apr 18, 2016

Finance English practice: Unit 38 — Describing Charts and Graphs

7 cards
, 24 answers
  • Read the descriptions in the tables.
    • Increase and decrease

      The basic income tax rate will rise from 25% to 28%.

      ABC sale improved last year by 10% to $1m.

      The UK inflation rate has climbed to 3%.


      Travel agents are expecting a 4% fall in prices.

      CBS profits decreased from €4.5m to €4.2m as sales continued to deteriorate.

      Rate of change

      Adjectives and adverbs can describe both the quantity and the speed of a change.



      High points, low points, and staying the same

    • Match the graphs (1-3) to the descriptions.



      • After peaking early in 2001, Deutsche Bank shares declined for nearly two years, apart from a slight rise in the autumn of 2001. They bottomed out in early 2003, and climbed steadily for most of the year. They fell again in the summer of 2004, but the end of the year saw an improvement.
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      • Following a sharp fall early in 2001, UBS shares were up and down for a couple of years, reaching a low of CHF40 in September 2002. They improved steadily in 2003 and after a moderate drop in the middle of 2004 they began to increase again.
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      • Barclays shares reached a peak in spring 2002, and then fell steadily for six months, before rising slightly and then dropping again until the end of the year. However, 2003, saw an almost uninterrupted growth, which despite a couple of moderate falls continued in 2004.
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    • Complete the text describing the graphs with words from the box.
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        grew slowly      remained stable      sharp increases      increased rapidly      risen regularly


        The number of hedge funds in 1991-92 but has ever since. Although the number of funds between 1992 and 1997 the assets of the funds only . There were in hedge funds’ total assets in 1999 and 2003.

      • Describe the graph showing the price of gold. Use words from the box.
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          rose steadily      reaching a peak      fell      fluctuated rapidly      declined slowly      sharp rise      remained stable      falling dramatically      bottomed out      steady rise


          • The price of gold during 1985-7, of $500 an ounce at the end of 1987. The price again in 1988-9. The price in 1990, and during 1991-2. After a in 1993, it for four years before between 1996 and 1999. Gold at nearly $250 in both 1999 and 2001. Since 2001 there has been a to over $400.

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