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Definition: NAICS 44-45, Retail Trade

The Retail Trade sector comprises establishments engaged in retailing merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise.

The retailing process is the final step in the distribution of merchandise; retailers are, therefore, organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the general public.   more

Guide to Data Sources for Retail Trade from the U.S. Census Bureau

Frequency Title (with link to data) Contents Number of Industry Categories Geography
Monthly Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services Estimated monthly sales for retail and food services, adjusted and unadjusted for seasonal variations.
41
U.S.
Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services Monthly sales for retail trade and food services, adjusted and unadjusted for seasonal variations
67
U.S.
Manufacturing and Trade Inventory and Sales Sales, inventories, and inventory/sales ratios
8
U.S.
Quarterly Quarterly Retail E-Commerce Sales Total retail sales and e-commerce sales
1
U.S.
Quarterly Financial Report Income, retained earnings, balance sheets, and related financial and operating ratios for the domestic operations retail trade corporations with assets over $50 million.
1
U.S.
Quarterly Workforce Indicators Employment, job creation, separations, turnover, average monthly earnings
40
States, metro areas, counties
Annual Annual Retail Trade Survey Sales by year, starting with 1992
71
U.S.
E-Stats (E-Commerce Statistics) Total sales and e-commerce sales, receipts or value of shipments
14
U.S.
Annual Capital Expenditures Survey Capital expenditures for structures and equipment for companies with paid employees
8
U.S.
Information and Communication Technology Survey Non-capitalized expenditures for information and communication technology equipment and software
1
U.S.
Business R & D and Innovation Survey Current and projected R&D spending and employment. Data are published by NSF.
1
U.S.
County Business Patterns Employees; payroll; number of establishments with paid employees by employment size of establishment
176
U.S., states, metro areas, counties, ZIP codes, Puerto Rico
Nonemployer Statistics Number of establishments and sales of firms with no paid employees
92
U.S., states, metro areas, counties
Statistics of U.S. Businesses Number of firms, employees, payroll, (and revenue, for 2002 only) by employment-size of the enterprise
176
U.S., states, metro areas
Statistics of U.S. Businesses -- Employment Change Number of establishments and year-to-year change in employment for births, deaths, expansions, and contractions.
40
U.S., states, metro areas, counties
Business Dynamics Statistics Number of establishments and year-to-year change in employments for births, death, expansions, and contractions by firm age and employment-size. Sector classification is by SIC.
1
U.S., states
Every 5 years Economic Census Number of establishments, sales, employees, and payroll (for additional topics available, see Economic Census details)
199
U.S., states, metro areas, counties, places, ZIP codes, island areas
Economic Census of Island Areas Number of establishments, sales, employees, and payroll for establishments with payroll
Varies
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa
Business Expenses Operating expenses by type 13 U.S.
Survey of Business Owners Number of firms, sales, employees, and payroll for all businesses and for businesses owned by females, Hispanics, and major race categories (plus national-only data on veteran status and other owner and business characteristics)
13
U.S., states, metro areas

 
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business and Industry | (301)763-2547 | econ@census.gov | Last Revised: September 03, 2013