I am not sure which is the correct form to use when writing a list of products. I need the semi-colon but do I need the full stop?

pcs.; pcs; Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

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    I'm afraid this question doesn't make much sense to me as it is written. Can you edit to clarify? – WendiKidd Oct 17 '13 at 18:47
  • 'pc' is ordinarily the abbreviation for 'piece', not product, and only in the sense of 'unit'. Its use in prices (e.g. $1/pc) is very oldfashioned now; 'ea' (for 'each') is more common. – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 17 '13 at 22:30

Although using a full stop to indicate abbreviation is quite common, it is discouraged by some style guidelines such as The University of Oxford's, which explicitly states: 'Don’t use full stops after any abbreviations'.

If you do use a full stop to indicate abbreviation, then you should continue to do this when listing abbreviations. This applies when you are separating list items with commas (as is usual) or semicolons.

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    This varies by region. The United States almost invariably uses periods for abbreviations, while Britain doesn't. – chrylis -on strike- Oct 17 '13 at 20:29

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