verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- reszke, jean de,
- retail politics,
- retail price index,
- retail therapy,
Origin of retail
Examples from the Web for retail
He noted that some retail stores that benefit from Christmas sales still instruct employees to wish customers “Happy Holidays.”
Still, they make up the largest block of holiday shoppers and are the key to retail success or failure.
Customers can purchase cold beer at full price or warm bottles of beer at retail prices to take home.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The holiday season is a relatively short one, but in terms of sales, these weeks are crucial for the retail industry.
With her husband, Johnson owns a retail gun shop and raises two boys.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everybody knows business suffers when retail trade slacks down.The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
Retail deposits of 60 millions make up less than one-eleventh of the total.The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
I have engaged a shopkeeper at Romney to come out and buy the whole stock at retail price, and I gave him the money to do it with.The Squirrel Inn|Frank R. Stockton
It would ruin our retail consumer business, too—Soths wouldn't consume automobiles, copters, theater tickets and filets mignon.Backlash|Winston Marks
The greatest number of persons in retail trade work in the food trades and in general merchandising.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Word Origin for retail
mid-14c. "sell in small quantities or parcels," from Old French retaillier "cut back, cut off, pare, clip, reduce, circumcise," from re- "back" (see re-) + taillier "to cut, trim" (see tailor (n.)). Sometimes also "to deal out (information, etc.) in small quantities; hand down by report; recount, tell over again" (1590s). Related: Retailed; retailing.
early 15c., "sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels or at second hand" (opposed to wholesale), from Old French retail "piece cut off, shred, scrap, paring" (Modern French retaille), from retaillier (see retail (v.)). The notion of the English word is "a selling by the piece." This sense is not in French, however, and comes perhaps from cognate Italian ritaglio, which does have that sense. As an adjective, "of or pertaining to sale at retail," c.1600.