Definition of percentage point in US English:

percentage point


  • A unit of one percent.

    ‘interest rates rose by 1.75 percentage points’
    • ‘The central bank on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate for the second straight quarter by 0.125 percentage points.’
    • ‘Thus, the difference in rural - urban areas in terms of percentage points is 20.85.’
    • ‘He expects the bank to lower its main rate by half a percentage point to 2 percent next month.’
    • ‘The most recent poll has Murkowski down by only three percentage points.’
    • ‘At most they have had increases of a few percentage points.’
    • ‘Gross margin for the period came to 33.8 per cent, down 1.8 percentage points.’
    • ‘Clinton wins huge, by 18 or 20 percentage points.’
    • ‘Women also exceed males in the campus population by 17.8 percentage points.’
    • ‘This week, the Reserve Bank increased interest rates a quarter of a percentage point, to five per cent.’
    • ‘For example, the three sites listed Mr. Obama's lead in Colorado at 6.5 percentage points to 6.7 percentage points on Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘The survey had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.’
    • ‘Intel had predicted a margin of 50 percent, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.’
    • ‘The corresponding difference among cosmopolitan voters (34 percent of whom said they attended religious services regularly) was 29 percentage points.’
    • ‘The party says a record 250,000 people turned out for the caucuses, which Senator Barack Obama won by 36 percentage points.’
    • ‘Median earnings for full-time year-round male workers actually fell for the first time in four years, by a full percentage point.’
    • ‘The proportion of entries graded A was 24.1 per cent, 1.3 percentage points up on last year.’
    • ‘The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.’
    • ‘Minorities are expected to make up more than 37 percent of college students, up nearly 8 percentage points from 1995.’
    • ‘In contrast the Democrats have gone from being ahead by a percentage point in 2000 to being behind by 4 percentage points in 2002.’
    • ‘The margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.’