When writing a paragraph, I face a phrase that "sales are less likely to increase in an increased competition market", I am trying to paraphrase the bolded phrase to one noun phrase or similar to that?

I think of "an increase in sales is unlikely" but it seems that it is still too long

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    How about "Sales aren't promising..." Also, " ...in an increasingly competitive market" would be better.
    – user3169
    Aug 13, 2021 at 2:22
  • @user3169 we avoid using aren't in a paper writing tho. Aug 13, 2021 at 3:26
  • "Sales do not look good"?
    – user3169
    Aug 13, 2021 at 5:27
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    @NoviceMindset If you don't like "aren't", use "are not". Aug 13, 2021 at 7:03
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    I do not think that "sales are not promising" means the same thing here or is a good fit. That implies that you expect the absolute level of sales to be poor. On the other hand, the original sentence is talking about relative changes in sales numbers (increasing vs decreasing), which is not the same thing at all.
    – Foogod
    Aug 15, 2021 at 20:45

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I actually think that "an increase in sales is unlikely" is a perfectly reasonable and natural way to phrase what you are apparently trying to say, and would probably be my recommendation.

Alternately, you could say "sales increases are unlikely" (technically, "an increase in sales" is talking about the state of sales being higher than they were before, whereas "sales increases" are talking about the events/transitions of sales going from a lower point to a higher point, but they are often used somewhat interchangeably when talking about forward-looking statements)

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