merchant

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merchant

a business such as a RETAILER or WHOLESALER which acts as an intermediary in a DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL. Merchants ‘take title’ to goods (that is, purchase goods) which they then on-sell to customers.
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In a parallel of the way that IPA's growth originally benefited from the mercantile class led by the East India Company, so its return has come about as a result of a boom in micro-breweries whose most loyal customers are India's new generation of corporate warriors.
Defoe saw the growing power of the commercial and mercantile class as a positive regenerative force, while Swift was deeply suspicious of 'the moneyed interest', believing landowners to be the natural guardians of the national good.
Politically, in the early years of the new state, Northern landlords retained a level of leadership or at least participation denied them further south, but they would rapidly lose out to the Belfast mercantile class and the growth in democratisation.
The funding comes from Chhattisgarh's well-heeled mercantile class.
She explores the social, economic, and political turmoil that challenged the elite, from tenant agitation to the breakup of their estates to political challenges from Belfast's mercantile class and populist political movements.