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English definition of “retail”


noun [U]     /ˈriːteɪl/ COMMERCE
the activity of selling goods to the public in stores , on the internet , etc., rather than selling to stores , other businesses , etc.: She has worked in retail her entire adult life . Organic food is one of the largest growth areas in food in the UK in retail. Food retail is extremely competitive .
a retail chain/outlet/store a store or group of stores that sells goods to the public : They operate the largest toy retail chain in the country .
the retail market/sector/trade the business activity of selling goods through stores to the public , or the companies involved in this: The company is now the UK's eighth-largest motor insurer in the retail market .
a retail buyer/consumer/customer a person who buys goods , rather than a store or other business : Both companies are trying to attract retail customers .
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(Definition of retail noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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