2008年3月25日 星期二

south, compound

For Haier, which had $15 billion in revenue world-wide last year, a delay in getting its new refrigerator to market meant that it arrived just as the U.S. economy was turning south.

A series of recalls for China-made products last year, which have heightened quality concerns about Chinese manufacturing, compounded the company's challenges. And the new fridge's design simply hasn't set it apart from models by better-known competitors, appliance buyers say.

對於去年在全世界總收入150億美元的海爾來說,未能 如期將其新款冰箱推向市場意味著它碰上了美國經濟下行的時候。去年中國制造產品的一系列召回事件加劇了人們對中國產品質量的擔憂,也增加了海爾面臨的挑 戰。而家電採購員表示,海爾新款冰箱的設計未能獨樹一幟,與知名度更高的競爭對手的機型區分開來。



south
adv.
  1. In, from, or toward the south.
  2. Slang. Into a worse or inferior position, as of decreased value: a stock that went south shortly after he bought it.
compound (WORSEN) Show phonetics
verb [T often passive]
to make a problem or difficult situation worse:
Her terror was compounded by the feeling that she was being watched.
His financial problems were compounded when he unexpectedly lost his job.
Severe drought has compounded food shortages in the region.

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