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Definition of sales

: of, relating to, or used in selling

Examples of sales in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an emergency statement to Parliament, Britain’s finance minister announced measures to subsidize wages for part-time workers, extend loans for companies affected by lockdown rules, and cut sales taxes for longer. Alex Morales,, "Sunak Says Many More U.K. Jobs Will Go Despite Crisis Support," 24 Sep. 2020 The Michigan House of Representatives took its second tentative steps to eliminate sales taxes on COVID-19 personal protection equipment for Michigan businesses. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Michigan House legislators ponder business and personal tax exemptions for coronavirus PPE," 16 Sep. 2020 Scotts Miracle-Gro now expects sales growth of 16% to 18% this year, far beyond earlier projections for 6% to 8% growth. Washington Post, "Gold and diamonds lose luster, but garden supply sales shine," 9 June 2020 To sustain the current share price, though, the brand needs to dramatically improve sales growth or else succumb to a takeover offer. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Prada’s New Fans Could Be Fashion Victims," 31 Jan. 2020 While Victoria’s Secret has made some moves to change its marketing, the efforts haven’t been enough to stop sales declines. Washington Post, "CEO of L Brands may step down from post, report says," 29 Jan. 2020 Last month, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims related to its creation of millions of fake accounts to meet sales goals. Alexander Coolidge,, "Feds file lawsuit against Fifth Third, says it set up accounts without customers' knowledge," 10 Mar. 2020 Shoppers can avoid sales tax on common emergency supplies costing less than $60, while generators costing $1,000 or less can also be purchased free of the state’s four-percent sales tax during the weekend. William Thornton |, al, "It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday weekend; here’s what’s exempt," 21 Feb. 2020 In 2016, the company was fined $200 million for opening millions of fake accounts in order to meet sales goals. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Wells Fargo names Bank of New York Mellon chief Charlie Scharf as new CEO," 27 Sep. 2019

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Sales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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