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32. 1997 Economic Census





1272. Retail Trade --Summary by Kind of Business

[Includes only establishments with payroll]

 
Establishments Sales,receipts, Annual Paid
Kind of business   1987 revenue/shipments payroll employees
SIC (1,000) (mil. dol.) (mil. dol.) (1,000)
code 1
1992 1997 1992 1997 1992 1997 1992 1997
 
    Retail trade, total (G) 1,526 1,561 1,894,880 2,545,881 222,868 290,525 18,407 21,166
 
Building materials & garden supplies 52 69 67 98,832 146,211 11,790 16,733 666 830
General merchandise stores 53 35 35 245,330 (D) 24,503 (D) 2,079 (2)
Food stores 54 181 171 369,199 416,047 37,228 42,809 2,969 3,109
Automotive dealers 55 202 202 529,853 788,231 39,376 55,502 1,943 2,284
Apparel and accessory stores 56 145 127 101,714 116,614 12,039 13,616 1,145 1,116
Furniture and homefurnishings stores 57 110 115 93,206 136,093 11,869 16,262 702 862
Eating and drinking places 58 434 476 195,317 (D) 52,570 (D) 6,548 (2)
Miscellaneous retail stores 59 351 368 261,429 365,916 33,494 45,440 2,357 2,795



1 Based on 1987 Standard Industrial Classification; see text, Section 13, Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings.
2 100,000 employees or more.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1997 Economic Census, Core Business Statistics Series, Series EC97X-CS2, June 2000.

http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/econ97.html * CENSUS OF RETAIL TRADE

PURPOSE

To provide periodic and comprehensive statistics about retail establishments and activities. The United States Code, Title 13, requires this census and provides for mandatory responses.

COVERAGE

Domestic establishments that sell merchandise and related services to the public for personal or household consumption. These are all establishments classified in SIC Division G, excluding nonemployers engaged in direct selling (SIC 5963). In 1992, over 1.5 million employer establishments accounted for retail sales of nearly $1.9 trillion.

CONTENT

Basic data obtained for all establishments include kind of business, geographic location, dollar volume of sales, annual and first quarter payroll, and employment for the pay period including March 12. Establishments receiving a census form provide additional data on organizational status, sales by class of customer, sales by merchandise line, method of selling, and industry-specific measures (such as number of prescriptions by drug stores).

FREQUENCY

Every 5 years since 1972, for years ending in "2" and "7." From 1929 through 1967, retail trade statistics were published periodically as part of the census of business. Data collection begins in December of the census year and responses are due in about 8 weeks. Data are requested for activities taking place during the census calendar year.

METHODS

A mail-out/mail-back data collection for establishments of multi-unit companies, large single-unit employers, and a sample of small employers; and administrative records data for non-selected small employers and all nonemployers. All establishments of multi-unit firms and single-unit employers with annualized payroll above a size cutoff (for most industries, equivalent to about 3 employees) receive a census form. A sample of small employers also receives a census form. This sample is selected using a stratified sampling procedure with strata based on industry and geography. Basic data for non- selected small employers and nonemployers are obtained from Federal administrative records. Estimates for sales by merchandise line and other industry-specific data are based partly on small employer sample results.

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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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