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English definition of “trade sale”

trade sale

noun [C]    
FINANCE the sale of a company, or part of a company, to another business, often in the same industry: The company said it was looking at a trade sale of 6% of its stock to a strategic partner.
trade sales [plural] COMMERCE sales to other businesses rather than to the public: He is director of trade sales. COMMERCE sales by businesses rather than members of the public: Several internet car sites offer a huge choice of private and trade sales for secondhand buyers.
(Definition of trade sale noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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