re·​tail·​ing | \ ˈrē-ˌtā-liŋ How to pronounce retailing (audio) \

Definition of retailing

: the activities involved in the selling of goods to ultimate consumers for personal or household consumption

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Recent Examples on the Web Finally, these are two of the best retailers in the business and each has maneuvered through the pandemic with deft moves and aplomb that other retailing operations could have much to learn from. Warren Shoulberg, Forbes, "How Long Will Home Run Last For Lowe’s And Home Depot?," 26 Feb. 2021 Air travel, commercial real estate and bricks-and-mortar retailing, for example, might never be the same. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "The Long-Term Economic Costs of Lost Schooling," 25 Feb. 2021 The developments illustrate the huge changes taking place in Britain's retailing scene during the coronavirus pandemic. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "UK retailing shifts further online as Boohoo buys Debenhams," 25 Jan. 2021 Joyce Bonaime, a 63-year-old in Cabazon, Calif., has worked in retailing since the 1970s. New York Times, "What 2020 Was Like for People in the Retail Industry," 29 Dec. 2020 The decline in traditional retailing, coupled with the rise in people working at home, carries ominous implications for commercial real estate too. Paul Wiseman And Alexandra Olson,, "From restaurants to retail, travel to telecommuting, COVID-19 has transformed the economy. Which changes will stick?," 16 Dec. 2020 Then: Reflecting modern trends in retailing, the company decided to stop producing the general catalog in 1993. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Legislation by Regulation — The Accountants Are Moving In (Shareholders Left Out)," 7 Dec. 2020 Online retailing is converging with stores, and that’s going to continue, the experts said. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth’s best retail real estate will bounce back from COVID-19′s empty storefronts," 14 Jan. 2021 These super useful gadgets are available at Amazon, with this two-pack retailing for just $7.99. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 things people love on TikTok that are actually worth the money," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of retailing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retailing was in the 14th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Retailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of retailing

: the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

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