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English definition of “retail sales”

retail sales

noun [plural]
 
 
COMMERCE, ECONOMICS
sales of goods to the public rather than to businesses, stores, etc., often considered in relation to economic activity as a whole: Retail sales fell 0.3% in January.a fall/drop/rise in retail sales Economists expect a 1.5% rise in retail sales, compared with a 0.1% drop last year. Official retail sales figures for March are published next week.
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