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This industry is comprised of establishments which engage in the retailing of merchandise, generally without transformation, and render services incidental to the sale of merchandise (e.g., optical goods stores which perform in-store lens grinding). It is the final step of the distribution process; therefore, retailers are organized to sell merchandise in relatively small quantities to the general public.

Two sectors are included in the Retail Trade Industry. The first is store retailers, which operate in a fixed location and are designed to attract a high level of walk-in customers. The second is non-store retailers, which reach customers by different means, e.g.: infomercials, direct-response advertising, paper and online catalogs, door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, selling from portable stalls (street vendors, except food) and distribution via vending machines. Examples include:

  • New and Used Car Dealers
  • Hardware Stores
  • Recreational Vehicle, Boat, Motorcycle and ATV Dealers
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Clothing, Shoes and Accessory Stores
  • Florists
  • Vending Machine Operators

Companies in Retail Trade