(1) There is talk of a massive fall in profits and a slump in turnover - talk that some outposts of the empire were simply not performing well enough to survive.(2) People always tend to be more cautious during an economic slump .(3) The grouse population has traditionally been prone to yearly fluctuations, but global warming is being blamed in some quarters for a sustained slump in numbers.(4) As the companies that make PCs try to recover from their worst slump in years, you'll find incredible deals on new systems during the holiday shopping season.(5) The plan has been severely criticized by many members of the public for interfering with the property market and causing a slump in apartment prices.(6) Blaming the drop on a surge in producer prices and a slump in fixed investment last year, analysts predicted that growth would continue to slow in 2005.(7) periods of slump(8) Eddy added that the decision not to raise excise rates was to enable the cigarette companies to restructure, following the recent slump in cigarette sales.(9) But there was in fact a slump for some years which lasted quite a while.(10) The slump in prices was largely attributed to inferior quality tea being produced by various India gardens.(11) After the Wall Street crash, which led to a worldwide slump in economic growth, the world reverted to protectionism.(12) In an economic slump , business costs that were once low priority take on new importance for the bottom line.(13) The world was mired in economic slump , which brought with it mass unemployment and wage cuts.(14) The government also advised that it expects a shortfall in tax revenues, because of the economic slump , and that it was stepping up its programme of building shelters for the unemployed and homeless.(15) This meant directors and management, who took gambles that endangered the future of businesses or caused share prices to slump , could be held liable for the damage done.(16) The government pledged not to raise excise rates on cigarettes this year to allow the industry to recover from a slump .