re·​tail·​ing | \ˈrē-ˌtā-liŋ \

Definition of retailing 

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

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Targeting a $1,500 price point with a product that cost about $850 to make, 3DR found itself up against a comparable drone made by China’s DJI, which was retailing for $600. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: What happens when China curb-stomps your startup," 24 Oct. 2018 Plus, everything in the line is affordable—products in the collection range from $50 to $850, with several sofas retailing for as low as $499. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Amazon Just Released A New Home Collection Of Stylish Classics," 29 Oct. 2018 But as online retailing has grown, the dynamics have shifted. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Widens Reach of Sales Tax for Online Retailers," 21 June 2018 Apple gadgets are famously expensive, with iPads starting at £319 ($417), the latest Apple Watch costing £329 ($427), and a pair of Apple AirPods wireless earbuds retailing at £159 ($206). Fox News, "Owning an Apple iPhone is the best way to prove you're rich - replacing mustard," 10 July 2018 The behavioral tracking has helped turn it into a retailing powerhouse with $178 billion in revenue last year. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Amazon’s PillPack Deal Gives It Access to Sensitive Health Data," 1 July 2018 Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman is taking over as the new head of the board as Schultz departs. Leslie Patton,, "Starbucks plans to open fewer stores in U.S. while closing many in larger cities," 19 June 2018 Veteran retailing executive Myron Ullman will take over as the new head of the board, the company said in a statement. Craig Giammona,, "Starbucks’ Schultz Hints Political Career May Be Brewing," 4 June 2018 Its money-losing corporate parent, Bon-Ton Stores Inc., stands on the verge of being bought out by liquidators in a bankruptcy auction, a prospect that could lead to one of Milwaukee's most prominent retailing names going out of business. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boston Store: The pulse of 'The Heart of Milwaukee' is weak," 17 Apr. 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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