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Retail

Individual and institutional customers as opposed to dealers and brokers.

Retail

1. Relating to the sale of goods or services to consumers, rather than producers or intermediaries. For example, a retail clothing store sells to people who will (most likely) wear the clothes. It does not include the sale of the clothes to other stores that will resell them. Retail contrasts with wholesale.

2. Relating to the sale of securities to individual investors rather than institutional investors or broker-dealers. See also: Retail banking.

retail

The sale of securities to individual investors, as opposed to sales to institutions and transactions among broker-dealer firms for eventual sale to retail clients. Compare wholesale.
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Toller shared the highest practice in the town and belonged to an old Middlemarch family: there were Tollers in the law and everything else above the line of retail trade.
These preparations happily completed, I bought a little dessert in Covent Garden Market, and gave a rather extensive order at a retail wine-merchant's in that vicinity.
Phillips a very attentive listener, whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could.
Keeping this capital investment lower for reuse firms would certainly increase revenues per employee, but the combined deconstruction and reuse retails sales firms employ on average more persons per firm, move more materials by mass per firm (of which more will be commodity materials such as lumber and brick which are lower value per pound than many other building components such as doors, windows, cabinets and fixtures that are the predominant products in building materials reuse retail stores).