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Cash and carry is a form of trade in which goods are sold from a wholesale warehouse operated either on a self-service basis, or on the basis of samples (with the customer selecting from specimen articles using a manual or computerised ordering system but not serving himself) or a combination of the two. Customers (retailers, professional users, caterers, tradesmen, institutional buyers, etc.) settle the invoice on the spot and in cash, and carry the goods away themselves.

Source Publication:
Eurostat, 1993, "Retailing in the European Single Market", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.

Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Thursday, August 26, 2004

Last updated on Thursday, April 4, 2013