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 Dealrs112,321
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials39,893
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores27,781
5251Hardware Stores22,041
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores18,589
5271Mobile Home Dealers4,017
53General Merchandise Stores61,755
5311Department Stores20,006
5331Variety Stores26,811
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise14,938
54Food Stores282,202
5411Grocery Stores147,183
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,856
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets7,366
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores10,959
5451Dairy Products Stores2,943
5461Retail Bakeries60,489
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores41,406
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations290,768
5511New and Used Car Dealers65,361
5521Used Car Dealers39,326
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores74,099
5541Gasoline Service Stations66,179
5551Boat Dealers12,059
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,376
5571Motorcycle Dealers9,908
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec19,460
56Apparel and Accessory Stores196,612
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores14,517
5621Women's Clothing Stores94,262
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores9,738
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores7,383
5651Family Clothing Stores23,378
5661Shoe Stores19,430
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories27,904
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores198,750
5712Furniture Stores50,262
5713Floor Covering Stores48,938
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,841
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings23,842
5722Household Appliance Stores11,454
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores14,219
5734Computer and Software Stores27,973
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,973
5736Musical Instrument Stores10,248
58Eating and Drinking Places766,904
5812Eating Places690,096
5813Drinking Places76,808
59Miscellaneous Retail727,769
Total Business Establishments4,546,393

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.