SIC Codes and Counts by Division

Division: F — Wholesale Trade

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Code Industry TitleNumber of
US Entities
50Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods431,788
5012Automobiles and Other Motor Vehicles8,117
5013Motor Vehicle Supplies and New Parts19,067
5014Tires and Tubes3,069
5015Motor Vehicle Parts, Used5,971
5031Lumber, Plywood, and Millwork21,847
5032Brick, Stone, and Related Material10,815
5033Roofing, Siding, and Insulation3,109
5039Construction Materials, Nec3,506
5043Photographic Equipment and Supplies808
5044Office Equipment6,115
5045Computers, Peripherals, and Software11,909
5046Commercial Equipment, Nec18,735
5047Medical and Hospital Equipment22,442
5048Ophthalmic Goods387
5049Professional Equipment, Nec3,444
5051Metals Service Centers and Offices13,144
5052Coal and Other Minerals and Ores1,134
5063Electrical Apparatus and Equipment21,631
5064Electrical Appliances, Television and Radio3,800
5065Electronic Parts and Equipment, Nec15,201
5074Plumbing and Hydronic Heating Supplies10,021
5075Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning5,795
5078Refrigeration Equipment and Supplies2,248
5082Construction and Mining Machinery9,135
5083Farm and Garden Machinery9,705
5084Industrial Machinery and Equipment39,976
5085Industrial Supplies21,701
5087Service Establishment Equipment19,747
5088Transportation Equipment and Supplies7,911
5091Sporting and Recreation Goods11,256
5092Toys and Hobby Goods and Supplies5,830
5093Scrap and Waste Materials6,466
5094Jewelry and Precious Stones12,082
5099Durable Goods, Nec46,888
51Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods287,119
Total US Business Entities1,150,695

Division: F — Wholesale Trade

This division includes establishments or places of business primarily engaged in selling merchandise to retailers; to industrial, commercial, institutional, farm, construction contractors, or professional business users; or to other wholesalers; or acting as agents or brokers in buying merchandise for or selling merchandise to such persons or companies.

The chief functions of establishments included in Wholesale Trade are selling goods to trading establishments, or to industrial, commercial, institutional, farm, construction contractors, or professional business users; and bringing buyer and seller together. In addition to selling, functions frequently performed by wholesale establishments include maintaining inventories of goods; extending credit; physically assembling, sorting, and grading goods in large lots; breaking bulk and redistribution in smaller lots; delivery; refrigeration; and various types of promotion such as advertising and label designing.

The principal types of establishments included are: (1) merchant wholesalers-wholesalers who take title to the goods they sell, such as wholesale merchants or jobbers, industrial distributors, voluntary group wholesalers, exporters, importers, cash-and-carry wholesalers, drop shippers, truck distributors, retailer cooperative warehouses, terminal elevators, cooperative buying associations, and assemblers, buyers or cooperatives engaged in the marketing of farm products; (2) sales branches and sales offices (but not retail stores) maintained by manufacturing, refining or mining enterprises apart from their plants or mines for the purpose of marketing their products; and (3) agents, merchandise or commodity brokers, and commission merchants.

Establishments primarily engaged in selling merchandise to construction contractors, institutions, industrial users, or businesses are included in Wholesale Trade with a few exceptions. These exceptions are made necessary because of sales to both the general public for personal or household consumption and to businesses, industrial users, or construction contractors. These exceptions are lumber yards; paint, glass, and wallpaper stores, typewriter stores; stationery stores; and gasoline service stations which are classified in Retail Trade, Division G.

However, establishments that sell similar products only to institutions, industrial users, and establishments that sell merchandise for use exclusively by business establishments or to other wholesalers are classified in Wholesale Trade. Establishments primarily engaged in selling such merchandise as plumbing equipment; electrical supplies; used automobile parts; and office furniture are classified in Wholesale Trade, even if a higher proportion of their sales is made to individuals for household use. Establishments primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution of used products are classified on the basis of the products sold.

Guidelines for the classification of establishments primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution and construction or installation of equipment manufactured by other establishments are outlined in the Introduction to Division C, Construction.