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 Dealrs113,557
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials41,524
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores28,132
5251Hardware Stores22,098
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores17,917
5271Mobile Home Dealers3,886
53General Merchandise Stores67,403
5311Department Stores21,600
5331Variety Stores32,172
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise13,631
54Food Stores277,779
5411Grocery Stores150,172
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,504
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets6,982
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores9,910
5451Dairy Products Stores3,085
5461Retail Bakeries58,226
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores37,900
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations286,625
5511New and Used Car Dealers62,891
5521Used Car Dealers35,153
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores72,111
5541Gasoline Service Stations72,071
5551Boat Dealers11,591
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,136
5571Motorcycle Dealers8,903
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec19,769
56Apparel and Accessory Stores188,000
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores13,559
5621Women's Clothing Stores87,421
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores9,799
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores6,950
5651Family Clothing Stores23,235
5661Shoe Stores20,091
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories26,945
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores193,096
5712Furniture Stores48,681
5713Floor Covering Stores47,042
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,953
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings23,641
5722Household Appliance Stores11,863
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores14,289
5734Computer and Software Stores26,726
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,603
5736Musical Instrument Stores9,298
58Eating and Drinking Places757,449
5812Eating Places683,727
5813Drinking Places73,722
59Miscellaneous Retail713,441
Total Business Establishments4,481,259

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.