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

Examples of retailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The retailing giant is offering deep discounts on everything from kitchen appliances to clothing and bedding. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "It's not just Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Green Monday has sales, too," 10 Dec. 2019 Penney, which has one of the oldest private label operations in apparel retailing, has long relationships with suppliers overseas. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "J.C. Penney loses top executive over supply chain," 30 July 2019 Its relative success stands in sharp contrast to the fate of retail in general, and its formula should serve as a reminder that retailing may be changing, but not everything will be ecommerce. Zachary Karabell, Wired, "Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers," 11 Dec. 2019 Trade, transportation and utilities, which includes the trucking and warehouse jobs tied to online retailing, will also contribute to growth. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado economy still slowing, but it isn’t about to stop," 9 Dec. 2019 The Aldi approach to grocery retailing is different by design. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Aldi to open new Indianapolis location in former Marsh this week," 3 Dec. 2019 The good news was a return to positive sales growth at stores open at least a year after two quarters of declines in the important retailing indicator. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Same-store sales rise for Kohl's, but earnings guidance drops sharply and stock plunges," 19 Nov. 2019 But retailing has to remain up-to-the-minute, so the store has evolved. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Magnificent Mile? Our architecture critic says some of the street’s retail flagships only merit a ‘meh’," 12 Nov. 2019 The retailing bacchanal will be seen as a test of China’s economic health, amid the ongoing trade war with the US, and the growing fear that the country’s economic growth could fall to levels not seen since the early 1990s. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "China’s Singles’ Day brought in nearly $9 billion in sales in the first 20 minutes," 10 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'retailing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of retailing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about retailing

Time Traveler for retailing

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for retailing

Last Updated

20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Retailing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for retailing


How to pronounce retailing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of retailing

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on retailing

What made you want to look up retailing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


out of the ordinary or unreasonable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!