Dictionary of Business; PH Collin; Bloomsbury Reference £9.99; 'Over 12,000 entries' screams the back cover of this dictionary, which sounds promising until you realise that these entries include definitions of words such as 'telephone', 'filing cabinet' and 'letter box' (a place where incoming mail is put). Its strong point is the appendix, which includes international dialling codes, currencies and sample business letters. Best for students and non-native English speakers - of minor interest
Penguin Dictionary of Business; Bannock, Davis, Trott & Uncles; Penguin Reference £8.99; This lexicon covers all the basics and more, with lengthier entries than its two rivals. As a result, it feels more comprehensive, even though it has fewer definitions. A welcome addition here is the inclusion of some mini-biographies of leading business thinkers from Warren Bennis to Max Weber. This dictionary is easily the most interesting book of the three - best of its kind.