Urgent meaning of (off/on) trade sales

Posted by Bob on January 20, 2004

In Reply to: Urgent meaning of (off/on) trade sales posted by Lewis on January 19, 2004

: : can any one tell me what are the diffrences btwen the pharses: -

: : on trade sales
: : &
: : off trade sales
: :
: : thanks

: Usually this refers to sale of licensed goods such as alcohol where an 'on' licence is required for sale for consumption on the premises and an 'off licence' for sale for consumption off/away from the premises.

: [It may also be used for sales where the goods are present on the premises or where the goods are not stored on the premises (off-site).]

: My experience of 'on' and 'off' sales is entirely of alcohol.

In the U.S., it's generally 'on-premise' and 'off-premise,' to distinguish between people who sell distilled spirits or beer by the drink (bars, restaurants) or by the bottle for home consumption (retailers.)