[ noun ] (business) the activities involved in selling commodities directly to consumers
Used in print(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)
What hurts most is the damage the automobile has done to central-city retailing , especially in those cities where public_transit is feeble .
Some retailing , of_course , always spreads with the population - grocery_stores , drugstores , local haberdasheries and dress_shops , candy_stores and the_like .
When all has been said , however , the big branch store remains a major break with history in the development of American retailing .
If anything may be predicted in the quicksilver world of retailing , it seems likely that the suburban branch will come to dominate children 's clothing ( taking the kid downtown is too_much of a production ) , household gadgetry and the discount_business in big-ticket items .