wholesale

selling in large quantities to businesses which will then resell to consumers in smaller quantities. Glossary of Business Terms

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I. wholesale whole‧sale 1 [ˈhəʊlseɪl ǁ ˈhoʊl-] noun [uncountable] COMMERCE
the business of selling large quantities of goods at low prices to other businesses, rather than to the general public
  [m0] II. wholesale wholesale 2 adjective COMMERCE
1. involving the business of selling goods in large quantities to businesses, rather than to the general public:

• The wholesale trade sector lost 14,000 jobs.

• Japan's overall wholesale prices in December were unchanged.

2. involving the business of providing services to other businesses, rather than to the general public:

• The country's long-term credit banks are primarily wholesale lenders (= banks that lend to other financial institutions and to companies ) .

— compare retail1
— wholesale adverb :

• Dealing wholesale requires certification by a local authority.

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   Goods sold in large quantities. An intermediate stage in distribution, between the manufacturer and the final retailer. Wholesale price changes are one way of measuring inflation.

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wholesale UK US /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ noun [U] COMMERCE
the activity of selling goods to stores, other businesses, etc. rather than to the public: »

He raised prices slightly for wholesale and retail.

Compare RETAIL(Cf. ↑retail)
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wholesale UK US /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ adjective
relating to the activity of selling goods or services to stores, other businesses, etc. rather than to the public: »

Producer prices are a gauge of costs at the wholesale level.

a wholesale price/rate »

The wholesale market price of gasoline is starting to rise.

wholesale sales/trade »

During August, total wholesale sales dropped 0.9%.

a wholesale business/company »

He set up a wholesale business and internet site.

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He takes his produce daily to the wholesale market in Bradford.

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Squeezed between manufacturers and retailers is the wholesale sector.

»

The bank plans to exit wholesale banking to concentrate on its core personal financial services business.

Compare RETAIL(Cf. ↑retail)
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wholesale UK US /ˈhəʊlseɪl/ adverb
if something is sold wholesale, it is sold to stores, other businesses, etc. rather than to the public: »

Breeders who sell puppies wholesale to a broker or pet store must obtain a USDA license.

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All of her furniture was bought wholesale.

Compare RETAIL(Cf. ↑retail)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • wholesale — [hōl′sāl΄] n. [ME holesale (< phr. by hole sale, by wholesale): see WHOLE & SALE] the selling of goods in relatively large quantities and usually at lower prices than at retail, esp. such selling to retailers for resale to consumers adj. 1. of …   English World dictionary

  • Wholesale — Whole sale , a. 1. Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price. [1913 Webster] 2. Extensive and indiscriminate; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wholesale — Whole sale , n. Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail. [1913 Webster] {By wholesale}, in the mass; in large quantities; without distinction or discrimination. [1913 Webster] Some, from vanity or envy, despise… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wholesale — ► NOUN ▪ the selling of goods in large quantities to be retailed by others. ► ADVERB 1) being sold in such a way. 2) on a large scale. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done on a large scale; extensive. ► VERB ▪ sell (goods) wholes …   English terms dictionary

  • wholesale — n. The selling of goods, usually in large quantities, to retailers who will in turn sell them to consumers. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • wholesale — early 15c., in large quantities, from WHOLE (Cf. whole) + SALE (Cf. sale); the general sense of extensive is attested from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • wholesale — *indiscriminate, sweeping …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wholesale — [adj] all inclusive broad, bulk, complete, comprehensive, extensive, far reaching, general, in bulk, indiscriminate, in quantity, in the mass, large scale, mass, overall, quantitative, sweeping, total, wide ranging, widespread; concepts 771,772… …   New thesaurus

  • wholesale — [[t]ho͟ʊlseɪl[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: usu N n Wholesale is the activity of buying and selling goods in large quantities and therefore at cheaper prices, usually to shopkeepers who then sell them to the public. Compare retail. Warehouse clubs allow… …   English dictionary

  • wholesale — whole|sale1 [ houl,seıl ] adjective 1. ) relating to the business of selling large quantities of goods, especially to people who are going to sell them in a store: a wholesale food market Wholesale prices fell last month. ─ compare RETAIL1 2. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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