Meaning of “external customer” in the English Dictionary

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"external customer" in Business English

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external customernoun [ C ]

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COMMERCE a customer of a product or service who is not an employee or part of the company that supplies it:

Some 78% of the brewery's sales are to external customers, which means it is not relying on volume in its own pubs, and that sales through supermarkets are improving.

(Definition of “external customer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)