A retailer is a person or group that owns and/or operates a retail store or stores. The earliest retailers were those who sold their merchandise from their small store or catalog. Today's retailers run the gamut from mom-and-pop stores to department stores, specialty stores, chain stores, off-price stores, and mass-market stores. Some are large corporations with hundreds of stores worldwide and huge buying power. Retailers such as Target, Gap, Macy's, Kmart, Wal-Mart, and H&M dominate the market and have even entered the world of e-tailing. It has become harder for the small retailer to exist in such a competitive environment.

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  • retailer — re‧tail‧er [ˈriːteɪlə ǁ ər] noun [countable] COMMERCE 1. a business that sells goods to members of the public, rather than to shops etc: • a national furniture retailer with 20,000 employees ˌgeneral ˈretailer COMMERCE a company that sells a wide …   Financial and business terms

  • Retailer — Re*tail er, n. One who retails anything; as, a retailer of merchandise; a retailer of gossip; used also of businesses, including large corporations; as, Sears, Roebuck is one the the country s largest retailers. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retailer — index dealer, merchant, vendor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 retailer …   Law dictionary

  • retailer */ — UK [ˈriːˌteɪlə(r)] / US [ˈrɪˌteɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms retailer : singular retailer plural retailers business a person or company that sells goods directly to the public for their own use See: wholesaler …   English dictionary

  • retailer — A person engaged in making sales to ultimate consumers. One who sells personal or household goods for use or consumption. The essential distinction between a wholesaler and retailer as respects application of the Fair Labor Standards Act is that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • retailer — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, giant, large ▪ leading, major, top ▪ the country s biggest food retailer ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Retailer — Re|tai|ler [...teilə] der; s, <aus gleichbed. engl. retailer> (veraltet) Einzelhändler …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • retailer — [[t]ri͟ːteɪlə(r)[/t]] retailers N COUNT A retailer is a person or business that sells goods to the public. Furniture and carpet retailers are among those reporting the sharpest annual decline in sales …   English dictionary

  • Retailer —   A firm (other than a refiner, reseller, or reseller/retailer) that carries on the trade or business of purchasing refined petroleum products and reselling them to ultimate consumers without substantially changing their form.   U.S. Dept. of… …   Energy terms

  • retailer — A distributor that sells goods or services to consumers (compare wholesaler). There are, broadly, three categories of retailer: multiple shops, co operative retailers, and independent retailers …   Big dictionary of business and management

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