SIC Codes and Counts by Division

Division: G — Retail Trade

This division includes establishments engaged in selling merchandise for personal or household consumption and rendering services incidental to the sale of the goods. In general, retail establishments are classified by kind of business according to the principal lines of commodities sold (groceries, hardware, etc.), or the usual trade designation (drug store, cigar store, etc.). Some of the important characteristics of retail trade establishments are: the establishment is usually a place of business and is engaged in activities to attract the general public to buy; the establishment buys or receives merchandise as well as sells; the establishment may process its products, but such processing is incidental or subordinate to selling; the establishment is considered as retail in the trade; and the establishment sells to customers for personal or household use. Not all of these characteristics need be present and some are modified by trade practice.

For the most part, establishments engaged in retail trade sell merchandise to the general public for personal or household consumption. Exceptions to this general rule are lumber yards; paint, glass, and wallpaper stores; typewriter stores; stationery stores; and gasoline service stations which sell to both the general public for personal or household consumption and to businesses. These types of stores are classified in Retail Trade even if a higher proportion of their sales is made to other than individuals for personal or household consumption.

However, establishments that sell these products only to institutional or industrial users and to other wholesalers and establishments that sell similar merchandise for use exclusively by business establishments 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 personal or household consumption.

Buying of goods for resale to the consumer is a characteristic of retail trade establishments that particularly distinguishes them from the agricultural and extractive industries. For example, farmers who sell only their own produce at or from the point of production are not classified as retailers.

Processing incidental or subordinate to selling often is conducted at retail stores. For example, restaurants prepare meals, and meat markets cut meat. Separate establishments selling merchandise for personal or household consumption which has been manufactured by other establishments of the same company are classified in Retail Trade.

Chain store warehouses are considered auxiliary to the retail establishment served and are classified on the basis of the activity carried on by such retail stores.

Establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of used motor vehicles, trailers, and boats are classified in Major Group 55; those selling used mobile homes are classified in Industry 5271; those selling used automobile parts are classified in Wholesale Trade, Industry 5015; and those selling all other used merchandise are classified in Industry Group 593. Establishments primarily engaged in non-store retailing are classified in Industry Group 596.

Code Industry Title Number of Business Establishments
52Building Matrials, Hrdwr, Garden Supply & Mobile Home Dealrs114,576
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials41,924
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores28,406
5251Hardware Stores22,115
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores18,160
5271Mobile Home Dealers3,971
53General Merchandise Stores72,484
5311Department Stores21,325
5331Variety Stores37,333
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise13,826
54Food Stores280,439
5411Grocery Stores152,752
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,689
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets7,137
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores10,113
5451Dairy Products Stores3,092
5461Retail Bakeries58,536
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores37,120
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations287,408
5511New and Used Car Dealers60,849
5521Used Car Dealers35,949
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores72,365
5541Gasoline Service Stations73,436
5551Boat Dealers11,788
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,230
5571Motorcycle Dealers9,093
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec19,698
56Apparel and Accessory Stores191,434
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores13,798
5621Women's Clothing Stores89,404
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores10,085
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores7,144
5651Family Clothing Stores23,535
5661Shoe Stores19,843
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories27,625
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores195,091
5712Furniture Stores48,925
5713Floor Covering Stores47,081
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores3,036
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings23,984
5722Household Appliance Stores11,956
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores14,601
5734Computer and Software Stores27,213
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,803
5736Musical Instrument Stores9,492
58Eating and Drinking Places757,574
5812Eating Places685,385
5813Drinking Places72,189
59Miscellaneous Retail723,417
Total Business Establishments4,521,429