SIC Codes and Counts by Division

Division: G — Retail Trade

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Code Industry Title Number of Business Establishments
52Building Matrials, Hrdwr, Garden Supply & Mobile Home Dealrs112,564
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials40,974
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores27,730
5251Hardware Stores22,063
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores17,938
5271Mobile Home Dealers3,859
53General Merchandise Stores64,270
5311Department Stores20,538
5331Variety Stores29,993
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise13,739
54Food Stores278,000
5411Grocery Stores149,149
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,402
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets7,025
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores9,979
5451Dairy Products Stores3,046
5461Retail Bakeries57,963
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores39,436
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations286,030
5511New and Used Car Dealers62,582
5521Used Car Dealers35,475
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores73,117
5541Gasoline Service Stations70,518
5551Boat Dealers11,588
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,151
5571Motorcycle Dealers8,986
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec19,613
56Apparel and Accessory Stores188,096
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores13,584
5621Women's Clothing Stores87,506
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores9,901
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores7,245
5651Family Clothing Stores23,245
5661Shoe Stores19,891
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories26,724
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores192,435
5712Furniture Stores48,890
5713Floor Covering Stores46,724
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,916
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings23,329
5722Household Appliance Stores11,747
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores14,087
5734Computer and Software Stores26,674
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,500
5736Musical Instrument Stores9,568
58Eating and Drinking Places761,934
5812Eating Places687,130
5813Drinking Places74,804
59Miscellaneous Retail712,024
Total Business Establishments4,478,682

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.