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sale

noun [C or U]
 
 
/seɪl/
COMMERCE the act or process of selling something: make a sale The salesman was eager to make a quick sale. agree a salecomplete/close a sale When the time came to close the sale, another page had been added to the contract.sale of sth The sale of tobacco items to minors is prohibited. car/house/ticket sales online/internet sales
COMMERCE a period when a store is selling things at lower prices than usual: have a sale a mid-season sale the January/July salesin the sale(s) I got a new coat for $50 in the sales.
an occasion when a particular type of product is being sold: The library has a book sale every year. a sale of Oriental carpets
sales [plural] FINANCE, COMMERCE the number of products sold and the amount of money a company receives from selling its products and services: The South African fruit company has annual sales of $750 million.sales rise/increase/go up Last year sales rose by 14% to €8.4 million. sales fall/decline/go downdecline/fall/reduction in sales Management is worried about the decline in sales. The department achieved its monthly sales target.
sales [U] WORKPLACE the business of selling products or services, or the department in a company that is responsible for selling them: sales staff/department/officesales call/brochure These techniques can increase the effectiveness of your sales calls.work/be in sales My father worked in sales for forty years. She used to be an administrator in the production department, but now she is in sales.
for sale being sold by the person or organization that owns it, and available to buy: The building has been for sale for thirteen months.put sth up for sale We have decided to put the company up for sale.
on sale available to buy: Tickets are on sale now! Everything goes on sale as soon as the doors open. being sold for a lower price than usual: All their men's clothing is on sale this week.
sale as seen UK used to say that the person selling a product or possession does not promise that what they are selling is in good condition or suitable for a particular purpose: The house is being sold sale as seen. Secondhand fitted kitchen for sale as seen.
→ See also agreement of sale, bill of sale, cash sale, clearance sale, closing-down sale, comparable-store sales, conditional sale, conditions of sale, cost of sales, credit sale, direct sale, end-of-season sale, field sales, fire sale, firm sale, forward sale, gross sales, indirect sale, last sale, net sales, point of sale, private sale, public sale, retail sales, same-store sales, sheriff's sale, short sale, tax sale, trade sale, unit sales, wash sale, white sale
(Definition of sale from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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