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I need to use only one word to describe companies that are of the same industry. "Competitors" is not right under this context. Is there a noun that means "of the same industry" or "in the same business"? Thanks!!

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    "Co-conspirators" often fits. – Hot Licks Mar 7 '15 at 13:08
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    You could call them peers. – Ian MacDonald Mar 7 '15 at 13:39
  • Sector, Apple, Microsoft & Oracle are all in the same sector – Christopher Mar 7 '15 at 16:08
  • @HotLicks - That word applies only in a context where you are making an accusation on a bunch of entities for conspiring something. Generally, sector is used more often. – Prahlad Yeri Mar 31 '15 at 20:56
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Player is often used to denote a competitor without the 'competing' connotation:

  • a participant, esp a powerful one, in a particular field of activity.
  • All active players in the financial industry.
  • Ah right, "player" does sound good. Thank you for your help! – kadmos Mar 7 '15 at 13:45
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Sector is the most common and used in finance and stock talk. Examples:

The IT sector is booming. The Auto sector is heading south.

Another common way is to refer by the name of the industry itself. Examples:

Banks are steady. Technology had a field day today after Samsung announced their results. Pharma looks good. Biotech has shining prospects.

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I have used the word "Affiliates": We can partner with industry affiliates....

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