When customers buy things from a store, you say:

(1) Customers give ABC Store business.

If I "turn this around", can I say:

(2) ABC Store obtains or acquires business from its customers.

Do these verbs work in (2)?

  • I would just use gets. If you need something more detailed, some additional context should be added. – user3169 Apr 2 '17 at 6:36
  • A business "acquiring" business usually refers to one business buying out another business. "Obtains" isn't commonly used as in #2. If I had to pick a word, maybe "gets" or "receives". – fixer1234 Apr 2 '17 at 6:51

You can say "acquire" or "obtain" a business, but this refers to the acquisition of the entire business (by another individual or corporation). If you want to talk about an increase in the volume of commercial transactions, you would perhaps say an "increase in business", simply an "increase in sales" or an "increase in the number of customers".

If you simply want to describe the relationship between a business and its customers, you could say that the store "gets business from its customers", or possibly that there is a "business relationship" between the store and the customer.

However in business transactions like this the more generic term is "vendor", who supplies a good or service which the customer (or client) purchases. It would be more common to say a vendor delivers or offers something to its customers, or that the two entities do business with each other.

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