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The Purpose of the Business Letter

The business letter can accomplish many specific goals.  Here are some common uses of business letters.

Purpose Example
To prompt action Notice of an overdue account
To sell or promote Announcement of a new product or enhancement to an existing one
To follow-up or clarify Documentation of an agreement made or discussion had over the phone or in person
To fulfill a request Information about the company or product


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