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 Dealrs106,873
5211Lumber and Other Building Materials39,053
5231Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores27,190
5251Hardware Stores20,294
5261Retail Nurseries and Garden Stores16,720
5271Mobile Home Dealers3,616
53General Merchandise Stores64,121
5311Department Stores20,097
5331Variety Stores31,156
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise12,868
54Food Stores265,292
5411Grocery Stores142,589
5421Meat and Fish Markets11,090
5431Fruit and Vegetable Markets6,651
5441Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores9,667
5451Dairy Products Stores2,933
5461Retail Bakeries56,096
5499Miscellaneous Food Stores36,266
55Automotive Dealers and Gasoline Service Stations266,369
5511New and Used Car Dealers56,584
5521Used Car Dealers33,346
5531Auto and Home Supply Stores68,406
5541Gasoline Service Stations65,787
5551Boat Dealers11,034
5561Recreational Vehicle Dealers3,876
5571Motorcycle Dealers8,471
5599Automotive Dealers, Nec18,865
56Apparel and Accessory Stores181,341
5611Men's and Boys' Clothing Stores12,913
5621Women's Clothing Stores85,081
5632Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores9,455
5641Children's and Infants' Wear Stores6,736
5651Family Clothing Stores22,472
5661Shoe Stores18,571
5699Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessories26,113
57Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores185,568
5712Furniture Stores46,396
5713Floor Covering Stores45,396
5714Drapery and Upholstery Stores2,863
5719Miscellaneous Homefurnishings22,707
5722Household Appliance Stores11,367
5731Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores13,683
5734Computer and Software Stores25,768
5735Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores8,367
5736Musical Instrument Stores9,021
58Eating and Drinking Places725,435
5812Eating Places655,350
5813Drinking Places70,085
59Miscellaneous Retail685,452
Total Business Establishments4,275,450

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.