Major Group: 53—General Merchandise Stores

This major group includes retail stores which sell a number of lines of merchandise, such as dry goods, apparel and accessories, furniture and home furnishings, small wares, hardware, and food. The stores included in this group are known by such names as department stores, variety stores, general merchandise stores, and general stores. Establishments primarily engaged in selling used general merchandise are classified in Industry Group 593, and those selling general merchandise by mail, vending machine, or direct selling are classified in Industry Group 596.

Codes Titles Number of US Businesses
Industry Group 531: Department Stores
5311Department Stores22,532
Industry Group 533: Variety Stores
5331Variety Stores32,006
Industry Group 539: Miscellaneous General Merchandise Stores
5399Miscellaneous General Merchandise Stores12,912