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 Dealrs110,833
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials39,136
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores27,215
5251Hardware Stores21,986
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores18,437
5271Mobile Home Dealers4,059
53General Merchandise Stores60,951
5311Department Stores19,694
5331Variety Stores25,624
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise15,633
54Food Stores278,177
5411Grocery Stores144,082
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,798
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets7,259
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores10,793
5451Dairy Products Stores2,934
5461Retail Bakeries59,599
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores41,712
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations289,327
5511New and Used Car Dealers65,865
5521Used Car Dealers39,357
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores73,944
5541Gasoline Service Stations64,959
5551Boat Dealers11,823
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,387
5571Motorcycle Dealers9,898
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec19,094
56Apparel and Accessory Stores197,713
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores14,912
5621Women's Clothing Stores94,569
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores9,911
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores7,162
5651Family Clothing Stores23,248
5661Shoe Stores18,995
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories28,916
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores195,404
5712Furniture Stores49,438
5713Floor Covering Stores48,382
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,743
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings23,203
5722Household Appliance Stores11,278
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores14,038
5734Computer and Software Stores27,521
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,769
5736Musical Instrument Stores10,032
58Eating and Drinking Places759,635
5812Eating Places683,325
5813Drinking Places76,310
59Miscellaneous Retail727,045
Total Business Establishments4,511,125

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.