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Definition: Cash and carry

Distributive trade

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