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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Whereas Oculus has chosen to aim for mass-market appeal in its second generation, with both Quest and Rift S retailing at $399, Valve’s going for the hardcore adherents. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve's $999 Index VR headset promises 'high-fidelity virtual reality' with revolutionary controls," 30 Apr. 2019 There are more than 300 items across clothing, swim, and home goods, retailing between $2 and $120. Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Target's Collaboration With Vineyard Vines," 26 Apr. 2019 The founders weren’t the ones to make Sears a retailing powerhouse, though. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Reshaped America, From Kenmore to Allstate," 15 Oct. 2018 Less than 24 hours later, Fashion Nova posted an identical copy of the dress retailing for $50. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Kim Kardashian Helping Fast Fashion Sites Knock Off Her Designer Looks?," 20 Feb. 2019 The rise of the Internet and e-retailing has helped, but our culture has changed, too. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "11 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Need on Your Radar," 8 Mar. 2019 The company’s morass is further proof there is no quick fix for big consumer brands in mature markets, more of which are struggling to compete and grow amid seismic shifts in retailing, advertising and shopper preferences. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Procter & Gamble Tries to Break a Cycle of Stagnation," 29 Sep. 2018 It and Sears had once dominated American retailing but lost their customers, first to discounters like Walmart , then to fast-fashion retailers and off-price chains like T.J. Maxx. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "J.C. Penney Struggles to Avoid Same Fate as Sears," 21 Jan. 2019 More than a century ago, Sears, Roebuck & Co. sent and shipped entire home kits across the country, a then-revolutionary service that would impact not just retailing, but home design and construction. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of retailing

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

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