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What are the Retail Categories?

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debakshi gupta
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The Census Bureau divides retail sales into 13 categories. The largest category is auto and auto parts stores. Since it's such a large component, the Census Bureau report also shows retail sales without auto. 


Here are all 13 retail categories: 

  1. Auto dealers, including auto parts, new and used vehicle sales
  2. Non-store retailers, which means online retail sales
  3. Department stores
  4. Apparel, such as specialty clothing stores
  5. Electronics and appliance stores, including big-box retailers like Best Buy
  6. Food and beverage stores, including grocery and liquor stores
  7. Building and garden supply stores, such as Lowes and Home Depot
  8. Sporting goods/hobby stores, like Hobby Lobby and Michael's
  9. Health/beauty shops, including drugstores
  10. Furniture stores
  11. Hospitality and leisure, including hotels, restaurants, and bars
  12. Gas stations
  13. Miscellaneous