sales

adjective
\ ˈsālz How to pronounce sales (audio) \

Definition of sales

: of, relating to, or used in selling

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The state doesn't charge sales tax on CrossFit businesses, but Glendale does. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Sales taxes go uncollected, businesses slip through cracks under Arizona's business-friendly efforts," 13 June 2019 The company raised its organic sales target for the year, while P&G’s finance chief, Jon Moeller, told analysts that higher pricing may affect sales volume. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Prepare to Pay More for Diapers, Clorox and Cat Litter," 11 Feb. 2019 The downturn has prompted suggestions Beijing will cut sales taxes or offer other incentives. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales sink in March for 9th month," 12 Apr. 2019 But the slump is sharper than forecast, fueling expectations regulators will cut sales taxes or take other steps to shore up demand. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales fall in November for fifth month," 11 Dec. 2018 Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance The company will open a sales office in Japan in May, Liang Chengdu, dean of CATL Research Institute, said last week in Tokyo. Bloomberg.com, "Chinese EV Battery Giant Zeroes In on Its First Europe Plant," 6 Mar. 2018 No, not the 5-4 ruling allowing states to require sales tax collection from e-commerce sites in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The Supreme Court's Mobile Privacy Stand Should Prompt Further Changes," 25 June 2018 Keith Cyphers — whose sales office is across the hall from the Gazette’s — recalled the Thursday shooting scene. Washington Post, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect charged with five counts of murder," 29 June 2018 The decision, in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., was a victory for brick-and-mortar businesses that have long complained they are put at a disadvantage by having to charge sales taxes while many online competitors do not. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Widens Reach of Sales Tax for Online Retailers," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of sales

1840, in the meaning defined above

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