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General merchandise stores

The term "General merchandise stores" is used in both the SIC system and in NAICS, but it does not have the same definition in both systems.

SIC definition:

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.

NAICS definition:

Industries in the General Merchandise Stores subsector retail new general merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are unique in that they have the equipment and staff capable of retailing a large variety of goods from a single location. This includes a variety of display equipment and staff trained to provide information on many lines of products.

Related Data Tables

For estimates relating to General merchandise stores please see the following tables

  • In the annual state personal income and employment category: SA05 SA05N SA06 SA06N SA07 SA07N SA25 SA25N SA27 SA27N
  • In the county annual personal income and employment category: CA05 CA05N CA06 CA06N