W1S2 [seıl] n
[Date: 1000-1100; : Old Norse; Origin: sala]
1.) [U and C]
when you sell something
sale of
The use and sale of marijuana remains illegal.
Harvey gets a $50 commission every time he makes a sale (=sells something as part of his job) .
Car salesmen will often bring down the price rather than lose a sale (=fail to sell something) .
arms sales to Iran
2.) sales
a) [plural]
the total number of products that are sold during a particular period of time
Britain's retail sales (=all the things sold to the public in shops) jumped 3.2 percent in April.
sales of
Sales of automobiles are up this year.
We did not reach our summer sales targets .
The company no longer releases its sales figures (=how much money it makes or loses from sales) .
in sales
We grossed more than $500,000 in sales last year.
b) [U]
the part of a company that deals with selling products
She found a job in sales.
a sales manager
a worldwide sales force of 1,100
3.) for sale
available to be bought
Excuse me, are these for sale?
There was a 'for sale' sign in the yard.
Reluctantly, they put the family home up for sale (=made it available to be bought) .
4.) on sale
a) available to be bought in a shop
A wide range of postcards and other souvenirs are on sale in the visitors' centre.
Stephen King's new novel will go on sale (=will begin to be sold) next week.
b) especially AmE available to be bought at a lower price than usual
These gloves were on sale for only $9.
a period of time when shops sell their goods at lower prices than usual
Marsdon's department store is having a sale this week.
the sales
BrE (=when all the shops have a sale)
I picked up some real bargains in the January sales this year.
an event at which things are sold to the person who offers the highest price
= ↑auction
a sale of 17th century paintings
7.) sales drive/campaign
when a company makes a special effort to try to increase the amount of its products that it sells
We launch a new sales campaign this fall.
8.) sales pitch/talk
the things that someone says when they are trying to persuade you to buy something
9.) (on) sale or return
BrE if a shop buys something on sale or return, it can return the goods that it is unable to sell

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