A trading group is a structure managing the purchases of its affiliates, which may be retailers or wholesalers :
- study of products ;
- search for suppliers ;
- negotiation of purchases ;
- in some cases, distribution, organisation and documentation activities.
These services are reserved for the exclusive use of the members of the group, to which they are bound through a contract.
Trading groups belong to the category of wholesale intermediaries.
Their activities correspond to classes 51.1P and 51.1U of NAF rev. 1.