SIC Codes and Counts by Division

Division: G — Retail Trade

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Code Industry TitleUS Business
Entities
52Building Matrials, Hrdwr, Garden Supply & Mobile Home Dealrs109,746
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials38,670
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores26,975
5251Hardware Stores21,838
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores18,268
5271Mobile Home Dealers3,995
53General Merchandise Stores60,756
5311Department Stores19,387
5331Variety Stores25,378
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise15,991
54Food Stores276,308
5411Grocery Stores142,847
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,721
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets7,225
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores10,710
5451Dairy Products Stores2,935
5461Retail Bakeries59,078
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores41,792
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations288,176
5511New and Used Car Dealers66,471
5521Used Car Dealers39,242
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores73,824
5541Gasoline Service Stations63,745
5551Boat Dealers11,770
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers4,395
5571Motorcycle Dealers9,863
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec18,866
56Apparel and Accessory Stores200,404
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores15,376
5621Women's Clothing Stores95,711
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores10,157
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores7,068
5651Family Clothing Stores23,501
5661Shoe Stores18,839
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories29,752
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores193,439
5712Furniture Stores48,957
5713Floor Covering Stores48,139
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,694
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings22,986
5722Household Appliance Stores10,927
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores13,720
5734Computer and Software Stores27,427
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,669
5736Musical Instrument Stores9,920
58Eating and Drinking Places751,865
5812Eating Places676,275
5813Drinking Places75,590
59Miscellaneous Retail730,133
Total US Business Entities4,491,521

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.