Adjective "retailing" definition and examples

(Retailing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.
  1. 'The upsurge in demand for organic produce has led all the major retail outlets to recognize sales potential in the organic sector.'
  2. 'The retail price is just under $100, which is rather inexpensive for its deluxe features.'
  3. 'So our peak performance has nothing to do with expanded retail trade, although retail trade productivity has grown a lot.'
  4. 'There is also an over-the-counter market where retail investors can pick up bonds.'
  5. 'To survive I had to branch out into retail advertising, public relations, and nonprofit agencies.'
  6. 'While some consumers remain stringently brand loyal, private label products account for 50 percent of retail butter sales.'
  7. 'Various laws, often imposed by the states, restrained price competition in retail trade.'
  8. 'The then commonplace conclusion was that taxes on retail sales would be passed on to consumers.'
  9. 'Moreover, the drop in gasoline prices made June retail sales look softer than they really were.'
  10. 'Some distributors opted to raise prices they charged retail customers rather than wait for payments.'


Sell (goods) to the public by retail.
  1. 'Further, there is little hard evidence available on the output of provision grounds and gardens, and much of this produce was in any case retailed by the slaves in public markets and not necessarily consumed or exchanged for food items.'
  2. 'It's not just ‘Dave selling bandwidth,’ but Dave retailing the services of a top-notch provider.'
  3. 'But niche retailing is not about retailing a single product but a specialisation in a particular product type.'
  4. 'the product retails for around £20'
  5. 'According to Tesco, the company has initiated a series of major price cuts in Irish supermarkets in the past two years, with its own-label milk, bread, butter and sugar now retailing at prices lower than those of September 2000.'
  6. 'If 48 tracks seems excessive, this retails at standard single-CD price and reveals unexpected depth to an often overlooked artist.'
  7. 'In Toronto, I spotted ice wine retailing at double the price of good quality imports from France.'
  8. 'Fifteen years in the making, Mr Dyson's cleaners stormed British homes in the 1990s, despite retailing at almost double the price of more established brands.'
  9. 'In particular, the price of green onions more than tripled, to NT $300 per kilogram, while tomatoes and sweet peppers retailed for double their usual price.'
Relate the details of (a story or incident) to others.
  1. 'He therefore lays little stress on geographical wonders, and in searching for detailed information retails long passages of by then out-of-date description, which can make the interpretation of his evidence very hazardous.'
  2. 'I proceeded to retail my meeting with Derek from beginning to end; Jenny listened eagerly, chewing on the nail of her index finger.'
  3. 'Sorensen retails an anecdote of Smollett walking with another Scot in London around the time of the battle of Culloden, their swords drawn, Smollett warning his companion to keep his mouth shut lest the mob recognize his Scottish accent.'

More definitions

1. the business of selling goods directly to consumers (distinguished from wholesaling).

More examples(as adjective)

"coles can be retailing."

"industries can be retailing."

"homes can be retailing."

"groups can be retailing."

"systems can be retailing."

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Late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French use of Old French retaille ‘a piece cut off’, from retaillier, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tailler ‘to cut’.