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"Shares of the News Corporation have plunged 61 percent in the last year. By contrast, shares of Walt Disney, which unlike the News Corporation has exited old-media businesses like newspapers and radio over the last few years, shed 30 percent. Even Time Warner, a perennial underperformer, has fallen about 40 percent, over the same period. "

Should "businesses" be read in the sense of
a) an organization
b) a type of business activity
?
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Hi,

b

Clive
Thank you for your answer Clive!

I was looking at a dictionary:
www.learnersdictionary.com/search/business

and found entry 1a, which suggest that business activity is NOT very countable. Maybe I am reading it wrong....
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Hi,

the newspaper business
the radio business

That's two types of business activity.

Clive
Thank you Clive!

So the dictionary is missing a few entries?
Hi,

Learner dictionaries are always less complete.
Maybe you read it wrongly.
What does 'not very countable' mean?

I didn't look at the link.
Clive
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Thanks Clive!

So this (which I found from a newspaper) is wrong:

"Winners of “Britain’s Got Talent,” one of a host of talent shows that are among the most-watched programs in Britain, receive about $160,000 and a spot on the roster of the Royal Variety Performance, presented in front of the Queen. Their high profiles also virtually assure that they will have lucrative careers in show business. "

An article "a" or "the" is missing?
Hi,

Alas, articles can be very idiomatic.Emotion: crying

We say eg He is in the newspaper business.
But we don''t say eg He is in the show business.

In other words, your phrase in red is correct.

Clive