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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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 Paid-by-the-hour workers in low-wage industries such as retailing will be especially vulnerable. The Economist, "The workplace of the future," 28 Mar. 2018 That is about $1,500 per square foot, one of the highest figures in retailing (Gap averages $340). The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 In a resume, Ms. Winters said most of her career was in public relations — backed by experience in fashion retailing, wholesaling, textiles, marketing, advertising, design and promotion. Jacques Kelly,, "Wendi Winters, prolific feature writer for The Capital who shared stories about notable residents," 2 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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