From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishretailre‧tail1 /ˈriːteɪl/ ●○○ noun [uncountable] BBTthe sale of goods in shops to customers, for their own use and not for selling to anyone else → wholesalethe retail trade/business a manager with twenty years’ experience in the retail businessretail outlet/shop/store/chain We are looking for more retail outlets for our products. a retail price of £8.99 The retail value would be around $500. Retail sales fell by 1.3% in January.
Examples from the Corpusretail• Last month, it reported a Pounds 15.6m retail trading loss for the first half.• I worked in retail for two years.• I've worked in retail for two years.• The fastest job growth until 2002: Cashiers, janitors, retail salespeople, waiters, waitresses, nurses, systems analysts.• Demolition would pave the way for a major retail and leisure complex masterplan, devised by Damond Lock Grabowski.• The firm has bagged a £26 million retail and residential deal in Manchester for Prudential.• The retail element is highly fragmented and therefore, historically, mail-order has been an important purchasing element.Retail sales• Four Merchandisers now support the Retail Sales Force, erecting displays of carpets and curtains within the shops.retailre‧tail2 /ˈriːteɪl/ verb 1 [intransitive] technicalBBT to be sold for a particular price in a shopretail at/for The wine retails at £6.95 a bottle. The decoder is expected to retail for under $300.2 [transitive] technical to sell goods in shops Their products are retailed all over Britain.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusretail• They retailed around £38-£45, depending on the model, and for sound kicked the shit out of my Levin.• They retail at £1.55 for 12 and are available in most branches.• The magazine retails at 8O pence, but is free to all Spend & Save cardholders.• When I was a kid, the religious calendar and the retailing cycle dictated our bi-annual trips in town.• And when online retailing finally ignites, say online analysts, it will go off like a rocket.• Opportunities exist in most areas of niche retailing, from childrens' toys to office stationery.• The defective cranks tend to be on imported bikes that retail in the $ 400 to $ 650 range.retail at/for• The single can will retail at £1.79 and will also be available in four packs.• U.S. sources say the Basic Racer will retail for $ 10,000 there-the same price as the road bike.• Even the twelve inch, retailing at £2.99, lasted for just two minutes nine seconds.• The books retail for $ 22. 95 each and are available at major Bay Area bookstores and discount outlets.• The stand-alone software titles for children ages 3 to 7 are expected to retail for $ 29 or $ 30.• The Tennis Twist comes in sizes 4-13 and retails for £49.99.• The weapons retail for $ 85 or less.• The Miatas are a big hit, retailing for between $ 35,000 and $ 55,000.retailre‧tail3 /ˈrɪˈteɪl $ rɪˈteɪl, ˈriːteɪl/ verb [transitive] formalTELL to give other people private information about someone or something→ See Verb tableretailre‧tail4 /ˈriːteɪl/ adverb BBTif you buy or sell something retail, you buy or sell it in a shop We only deal with wholesalers – we don’t sell any of our goods retail.
Examples from the Corpusretail• We bought it retail.From Longman Business Dictionaryretailre‧tail1 /ˈriːteɪl/ noun [uncountable]COMMERCE1the sale of goods to customers for their own use, rather than to shops etcHis experience in retail includes managing a number of shopping centres in New Zealand.The Potato Marketing Board determines the size range of potatoes which can be offered for retail. → compare wholesale12retail trade/market/business etc the selling of goods or services to members of the public, or companies involved in thisAnyone working in the retail trade will often have to deal with customers who want to exchange or return goods.3retail shop/outlet/store etc a shop etc that is open to members of the publicThese large retail outlets stock a wide range of goods.4retail banking/brokerage banking or investment services available to members of the public, rather than to businesses or companies5retail customer/consumer etc an individual customer etc, rather than a business or companyThe scheme relates to all new cars sold to retail customers.retailretail2 verbCOMMERCE1[intransitive] to be sold to the public, usually in shops, for a particular priceretail for/atThe doll will retail for about £36.2[transitive] to sell goods in small quantities to members of the public, usually in a shopThe product is not being retailed through the right kind of outlets. —retailing noun [uncountable]The losses reflect the company’s continuing problems in retailing.a weak period for theretailing sector→ See Verb tableretailretail3 adverbCOMMERCE if something is sold retail, it is sold to members of the public, usually in a shopWe only deal with wholesalers - we don’t sell any of our goods retail.Origin retail2 (1300-1400) Old French retaillier “to divide into pieces”, from taillier “to cut”