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INVESTING | Consumer Discretionary Sector

A Sector is a broad selection of companies with similar characteristics. An Industry is a subset of Sectors where companies are grouped in more specifically than Sectors.

Investors can use Sectors and Industries to efficiently classify and compare companies. Comparing companies with shared Sector and Industry allows an investor to identify relative strengths and weaknesses. Comparing companies across different Sectors and Industries can help identify relationships and trends.


The Consumer Discretionary Sector consists of businesses that produce goods and services where demand changes based on price changes and economic conditions. The Consumer

Discretionary Sector includes the following eleven Industries:

  1. Automobile Components Industry

  2. Automobiles Industry

  3. Distributors Industry

  4. Diversified Consumer Services Industry

  5. Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure Industry

  6. Household Durables Industry

  7. Leisure Products Industry

  8. Multiline Retail Industry

  9. Specialty Retail Industry

  10. Textile, Apparel & Luxury Goods Industry

  11. Internet & Direct Marketing

The total value of the Consumer Staples Sector in the United States is approximately $4.5 trillion.


Consumer Staples include companies like Ford, Nordstrom, and McDonalds.

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