percentage point

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percentage point (plural percentage points)

  1. One hundredth of a given value, used to measure the difference of two percentages.
    • 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847: 
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
    The difference between 20 percent and 30 percent is 10 percentage points, not 10 percent.

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percentage rate