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Wholesale

1. Relating to the sale of goods to a retailer. That is, a wholesaler receives large quantities of goods from a manufacturer and distributes them to stores, where they are sold to consumers. A wholesaler generally is able to extract a better price from the manufacturer because it buys so many good relative to an individual retailer. In theory, this enables the retailer to sell the good at a better price for the consumer. See also: Economies of scale.

2. Relating to the sale of securities to institutional investors rather than individuals.

wholesale

The sale of securities among broker-dealers and to large institutional investors. Securities sold at wholesale go for slightly lower prices than those paid by individual investors. Compare retail.
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The artistic taste of some unknown hatter had furnished him with a hatband of wholesale capacity which was fluted behind, from the crown of his hat to the brim, and terminated in a black bunch, from which the imagination shrunk discomfited and the reason revolted.
This functionary, being, of course, well used to such scenes; looking upon all kinds of robbery, from petty larceny up to housebreaking or ventures on the highway, as matters in the regular course of business; and regarding the perpetrators in the light of so many customers coming to be served at the wholesale and retail shop of criminal law where he stood behind the counter; received Mr Brass's statement of facts with about as much interest and surprise, as an undertaker might evince if required to listen to a circumstantial account of the last illness of a person whom he was called in to wait upon professionally; and took Kit into custody with a decent indifference.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in January 2015, including Jaguar Land Rover, at 80,499 nos.
Prior to joining WLO, DePriest was regional vice president with First Magnus, during which time he created three wholesales offices in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in December 2014, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 85,742 nos.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in August 2014, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 73,524 nos.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in June 2014, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 75,623 nos.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in March 2014, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 95,668 nos.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in October 2013, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 88,881 nos.
Global wholesales of all commercial vehicles Tata, Tata Daewoo and the Tata Hispano Carrocera range -- were 37,983 nos.
The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in March 2013, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 116,521 nos.