(n.) = retailing ; retail trade. Ex: In this example, the reader is trying to follow up all the ramifications of a fairly comprehensive subject such as 'commerce', which might include not only 'retailing' but also 'wholesaling', 'accounting', 'consumer protection' and so on. Ex: This article reports how supermarket chains confront the problems of the retail trade on a daily basis. (n.) = retail sales. Ex: Yesterday's report on March retail sales was greeted with banner headlines proclaiming the comeback of the consumer.