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Retail Definition - What Is the Meaning and How to Define the Term “Retail”


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Definition: Retail is the sale of goods to end users, not for resale, but for use and consumption by the purchaser. The retail transaction is at the end of the supply chain. Manufacturers sell large quantities of products to retailers, and retailers attempt to sell those same quantities of products to consumers.

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Also Known As: retailing, retail sale, retail transaction, retail business, retail trade, retail industry
Common Misspellings: retale
A person who wants to obtain a product for their own personal use will usually purchase it at a retail store or from some other retail marketing channel.

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