Retail Trade

SIC 5211 Lumber and Other Building Materials Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments engaged in selling primarily lumber or lumber and a general line of building materials to the general public. While these establishments may sell primarily to construction contractors, they are known as retail in the trade.

SIC 5231 Paint, Glass, and Wallpaper Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments engaged in selling primarily paint, glass, and wallpaper, or any combination of these lines, to the general public. While these establishments may sell primarily to construction contractors, they are known as retail in the trade.

SIC 5251 Hardware Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Hardware remained a healthy, growing business in the early part of the new millennium. There were approximately 20,290 hardware stores in the United States in 2002, a 7.3 percent decrease over a 10-year period.

SIC 5261 Retail Nurseries, Lawn and Garden Supply Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Retail nurseries and lawn and garden supply stores operate under a variety of names, in a multitude of consumer settings, and offer a wide range of products to serve a peculiarly American need to cultivate, trim, embellish, and control a small plot of greenery. The robustness of a homeowner's front lawn and the pleasing visual effect provided by planted shrubs and flowers has become a status symbol in a modern industrialized society of property owners.

SIC 5271 Mobile Home Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Since the 1950s, the demand for mobile homes had increased approximately 2,700 percent, and by 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 8.8 million mobile homes.

SIC 5311 Department Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes retail stores carrying a general line of apparel, such as suits, coats, dresses, and furnishings; home furnishings, such as furniture, floor coverings, curtains, draperies, linens, and major household appliances; and housewares, such as table and kitchen appliances, dishes, and utensils. These stores must carry men's and women's apparel and either major household appliances or other home furnishings.

SIC 5331 Variety Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of a variety of merchandise in the low and popular price ranges. Sales usually are made on a cash-and-carry basis, with the open-selling method of display and customer selection of merchandise.

SIC 5399 Miscellaneous General Merchandise Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Sales in the larger retail industry topped $3.0 trillion dollars in 2000 and continued to climb, reaching nearly $3.4 trillion in 2003. Of this total, combined sales of miscellaneous general merchandise stores and warehouse club stores accounted for approximately $256.9 billion.

SIC 5411 Grocery Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes supermarkets, food stores, and grocery stores, primarily engaged in the retail sale of all sorts of canned goods and dry goods (such as tea, coffee, spices, sugar, and flour), fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh and prepared meats, fish, and poultry.

SIC 5421 Meat and Fish (Seafood) Markets, Including Freezer Provisioners - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Meat markets, including freezer provisioners, are the dominant types of retail establishments found in this classification, with 5,665 retail outlets. Meat and fish markets consisted of 2,070 establishments, followed by fish and seafood with 1,752 establishments.

SIC 5431 Fruit and Vegetable Markets - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are frequently found in public or municipal markets or as roadside stands.

SIC 5441 Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of candy, nuts, popcorn, and other confections.

SIC 5451 Dairy Product Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of packaged dairy products to over-the-counter customers. Ice cream and frozen custard stands are classified in SIC 5812: Eating Places, and establishments selling ice cream and similar products from trucks or wagons are classified in SIC 5963: Direct Selling Establishments.

SIC 5461 Retail Bakeries - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

According to D & B Sales & Marketing Solutions, there were 30,494 retail bakeries in 2003. Retail sales were approximately $6.2 billion.

SIC 5499 All Other Specialty Food Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry covers establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of specialized foods not elsewhere classified, such as eggs, poultry, health foods, spices, herbs, coffee, and tea. The poultry stores may sell live poultry, slaughter and clean poultry for their own account, and sell dressed fowls, or sell fowls cleaned and dressed by others.

SIC 5511 Motor Vehicle Dealers (New and Used) - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This classification is comprised of establishments involved in the retail sale of new automobiles and light trucks. These establishments are franchised retail outlets for domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers.

SIC 5521 Motor Vehicle Dealers (Used Only) - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) reported that 43 million used cars valued at $370 billion total were sold in 2002, also noting that the average age of vehicles on the road was about 8.5 years. NIADA concluded that the used car sales would remain at about 40 million in the coming years.

SIC 5531 Auto and Home Supply Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This classification comprises establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of new automobile tires, batteries, and other automobile parts and accessories. Frequently, these establishments sell a substantial amount of home appliances, radios, and television sets.

SIC 5541 Gasoline Service Stations - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes gasoline service stations primarily engaged in selling gasoline and lubricating oils. These establishments frequently sell other merchandise, such as tires, batteries, and other automobile parts, or perform minor repair work.

SIC 5551 Boat Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This classification covers establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of new and used motorboats and other watercraft, marine supplies, and outboard motors.

SIC 5561 Recreational Vehicle Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In 2001, according to the U.S. Census Bureau there were 3,134 establishments engaged in the retail sale of new and used motor homes, recreational trailers, and campers (pickup coaches).

SIC 5571 Motorcycle Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments engaged in the retail sale of new and used motorcycles. This classification also includes those dealers who sell motor scooters, mopeds, and all-terrain vehicles.

SIC 5599 Automotive Dealers, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in the retail sale of new and used automotive vehicles, equipment, and supplies, not elsewhere classified, such as snowmobiles, go-karts, dune buggies, utility trailers, and golf carts. Also included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of aircraft.

SIC 5611 Men's and Boys' Clothing and Accessory Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of men's and boys' ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

SIC 5621 Women's Clothing Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The economic recession, begun in 2001 and fueled by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, progressed relatively unabated into 2003 when the United States went to war with Iraq. During these times of economic instability, consumers became conservative spenders, which left its mark on the women's apparel industry.

SIC 5632 Women's Accessory and Specialty Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of women's clothing accessories and specialties, such as millinery, blouses, foundation garments, lingerie, hosiery, costume jewelry, gloves, handbags, and furs (including custom made furs).

SIC 5641 Children's and Infants' Wear Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of children's and infants' clothing, furnishings and accessories. Such establishments may specialize in either children's or infants' wear, or they may sell a combination of children's and infants' wear.

SIC 5651 Family Clothing Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of clothing; furnishings; and accessories for men, women, and children. Generally referred to as retail family clothing stores, this industry includes jeans stores and unisex clothing stores, but excludes stores targeted at one sex or age group.

SIC 5661 Shoe Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Establishments in this industry are primarily engaged in the retail sale of men's, women's and children's footwear; these establishments frequently carry accessories, such as gloves, socks and hosiery.

SIC 5699 Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessory Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of specialized apparel and accessories, such as bathing suits, belts, raincoats, riding and other sports apparel, T-shirts, umbrellas, uniforms, and wigs and toupees. This industry also includes men's and women's custom tailors.

SIC 5712 Furniture Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This classification covers establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of household furniture, including beds and springs, cabinet work, juvenile furniture, mattresses, and outdoor furniture. These stores also may sell home furnishings, major appliances, and floor coverings.

SIC 5713 Floor Covering Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The retail floor covering industry includes sellers of rugs and carpets, linoleum, asphalt tile, and ceramic tile. Floor covering retailers include specialty stores, department stores, home improvement stores, and mass merchandisers.

SIC 5714 Drapery, Curtain, and Upholstery Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Curtain, drapery, and upholstery material stores were a thriving segment of the general home furnishings retail industry during the 2000s. Consumers focused on the home and personalizing their environments, and the industry recognized these lifestyle directions by providing stylish yet relatively low-priced products.

SIC 5719 Miscellaneous Home Furnishings Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Businesses involved in the sale of miscellaneous home furnishings are as varied as the goods they sell to consumers. They offer everything needed to furnish a home from kitchenware to linens, and lamps and shades to venetian blinds and window shades.

SIC 5722 Household Appliance Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry covers establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of electric and gas refrigerators, stoves, and other household appliances, such as electric irons, percolators, hot plates, sewing machines, and vacuum cleaners. Many such stores also sell radio and television sets.

SIC 5731 Radio, Television, Consumer Electronics, and Music Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Despite a sluggish economy that turned stagnant following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and exacerbated by U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 and Iraq in 2003, the sales of consumer electronics continues to grow.

SIC 5734 Computer and Computer Software Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This retail industry underwent tremendous growth in the 1990s, culminating with sales nearing $400 billion in 2000, a 12 percent increase over 1999. However, by 2001, a weakening economy, stiff competition, and price deflation hit the industry hard.

SIC 5735 Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The prognosis for the retail music industry in the early years of the twenty-first century is not promising. Sales of compact discs (CDs) fell almost 9 percent during 2002 and were expected to continue to fall.

SIC 5736 Musical Instrument Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in the retail sales of musical instruments, sheet music, and similar supplies.

SIC 5812 Eating Places - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of prepared food and drinks for on-premise or immediate consumption. Caterers and industrial food service establishments are also included in this industry.

SIC 5813 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of alcoholic drinks, such as beer, ale, wine, and liquor, for consumption on the premises. The sale of food frequently accounts for a substantial portion of the receipts of these establishments.

SIC 5912 Drug Stores and Proprietary Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Establishments in this industry are engaged in the retail sale of prescription drugs, proprietary drugs, and nonprescription medicines and may also carry a number of related lines, such as cosmetics, toiletries, tobacco, and novelty merchandise. These stores are included on the basis of their usual trade designation rather than on the stricter interpretation of the commodities handled.

SIC 5921 Liquor Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In 2001, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 28,695 establishments engaged in the retail sale of packaged alcoholic beverages.

SIC 5932 Used Merchandise Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of used merchandise, antiques, and secondhand goods, such as clothing and shoes, furniture, books and rare manuscripts, musical instruments, office furniture, phonographs and phonograph records, and store fixtures and equipment. This industry also includes pawnshops.

SIC 5941 Sporting Goods Stores and Bicycle Shops - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

One of the most striking features characterizing the industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s was the consumer shift from smaller, local sporting goods stores to so-called "big-box" retailers, or sporting-goods superstores bringing together an exceptionally wide product line under one roof. Combined with the explosive growth in e-commerce sales of sporting and recreational goods, this development gave the industry a complete facelift.

SIC 5942 Book Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

As did the entire U.S. economy, booksellers struggled during the first years of the twenty-first century.

SIC 5943 Stationery Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 8,787 establishments engaged in the retail sale of stationery in 2001, employing approximately 127,922 people with an annual payroll of $2.7 billion.

SIC 5944 Jewelry Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

There were approximately 49,542 establishments engaged in the retail sale of jewelry in 2003. The total number of people employed in this industry was about 199,366.

SIC 5945 Hobby, Toy, and Game Shops - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

In 2001, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 10,783 establishments primarily engaged in the wholesale distribution of games, toys, hobby goods and supplies, dolls, craft kits, children's vehicles, fireworks, and playing cards.

SIC 5946 Camera and Photographic Supply Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The retail photographic supply industry has historically been a competitive one. Only six percent of households in the United States purchase cameras and photography supplies at camera specialty stores, with the vast majority purchasing through discount, drug, and supermarket stores.

SIC 5947 Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Shops - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of combined lines of gifts and novelty merchandise, souvenirs, greeting cards, holiday decorations, and miscellaneous small art goods.

SIC 5948 Luggage and Leather Goods Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of luggage, trunks, and leather goods.

SIC 5949 Sewing, Needlework, and Piece Goods Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of sewing supplies, fabrics, patterns, yarn, and other needlework accessories.

SIC 5961 Catalog and Mail-Order Houses - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

The catalog and mail-order house industry, or non-store retail industry, is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of products through television, catalog, and direct mail. Such organizations include companies that sell book club memberships, magazines, and retail consumer and business products.

SIC 5962 Automatic Merchandising Machine Operators - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of products by means of automatic merchandising units, also referred to as vending machines. This industry does not include the operation of coin-operated service machines, such as music machines, amusement and game machines, and lockers and scales.

SIC 5963 Direct Selling Establishments - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Retail companies that sell merchandise door-to-door, from trucks and wagons or from other temporary locations, make up the direct selling industry. Included are individuals who sell products by these methods and are not employees of the organizations they represent, as well as establishments that are retail sales offices from which employees operate to sell merchandise by house-to-house canvassing.

SIC 5983 Fuel Oil Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Dun and Bradstreet listed 8,391 establishments doing business under this industrial classification in 1997. Companies in this industry sell motor oil for vehicles and fuel oil for heating buildings, with the largest earnings coming from heating oil sales.

SIC 5984 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Bottled Gas) Dealers - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This industry consists of companies that primarily sell bottled or bulk liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, which is used mainly for heating homes and businesses in rural areas. This classification includes other byproducts of crude oil, such as bottled butane gas, used as an additive in gasoline and for lighters, and bottled propane gas, which is most often used to produce LP gas.

SIC 5989 Fuel Dealers, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Establishments in this industry primarily sell coal, wood, and other fuels, not elsewhere classified.

SIC 5992 Florists - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

According to the American Floral Endowment Consumer Tracking Study, conducted between June 1998 and May 1999, projected 1999 retail sales of floriculture items would reach $15 billion. Retail florist shops still dominated the industry, numbering 27,341 and averaging annual sales of $209,182 per shop.

SIC 5993 Tobacco Stands and Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This entry includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and smokers' supplies.

SIC 5994 News Dealers and Newsstands - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

Newsstands and news dealers occupy a nostalgic corner of modern urban history in the United States. A majority of such businesses are located in heavily populated areas, and are owned and operated by a single proprietor.

SIC 5995 Optical Goods Stores - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

U.S. retail eyewear stores generated $15.8 billion in sales during 1998, a 2.6 increase over 1997.

SIC 5999 Miscellaneous Retail Stores, Not Elsewhere Classified - Description, Market Prospects, Industry History

This category includes establishments primarily engaged in the retail trade of specialized lines of merchandise that are not included elsewhere, including art and architecture supplies; autographs, sets of coins, and related supplies; finished monuments and gravestones; cake decorating supplies; baby carriages; cosmetics; awnings and banners; candles; fireworks; rough gemstones and rock and stone specimens; home swimming pools (not installed); hearing aids; and trophy shops. It also includes ice dealers; hot tub and whirlpool bath dealers; orthopedic and artificial limbs stores; pet shops; rubber stamps stores; art dealers; auction rooms; typewriter stores; religious goods (other than books); telephone stores; and tent shops.

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