Variant of NAICS 2002 - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector

6.2 - Industries not included in the Information and Communication Technology Sector

This special aggregation comprises all NAICS that do not relate to information and communication technology products.

44-45 - Retail Trade

The retail trade sector comprises establishments primarily 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. This sector comprises two main types of retailers, that is, store and non-store retailers. Their main characteristics are described below.

Store Retailers

Store retailers operate fixed point-of-sale locations, located and designed to attract a high volume of walk-in customers. In general, retail stores have extensive displays of merchandise and use mass-media advertising to attract customers. They typically sell merchandise to the general public for personal or household consumption, but some also serve business and institutional clients. These include establishments such as office supplies stores, computer and software stores, gasoline stations, building material dealers, plumbing supplies stores and electrical supplies stores.

In addition to selling merchandise, some types of store retailers are also engaged in the provision of after-sales services, such as repair and installation. For example, new automobile dealers, electronic and appliance stores and musical instrument and supplies stores often provide repair services, while floor covering stores and window treatment stores often provide installation services. As a general rule, establishments engaged in retailing merchandise and providing after sales services are classified in this sector.

Catalogue sales showrooms, gasoline service stations, and mobile home dealers are treated as store retailers.

Non-Store Retailers

Non-store retailers, like store retailers, are organized to serve the general public, but their retailing methods differ. The establishments of this subsector reach customers and market merchandise with methods such as, the broadcasting of infomercials, the broadcasting and publishing of direct-response advertising, the publishing of traditional and electronic catalogues, door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, temporary displaying of merchandise (stalls) and distribution by vending machines.

The methods of transaction and delivery of merchandise vary by type of non-store retailers. For example, non-store retailers that reach their customers using information technologies can receive payment at the time of purchase or at the time of delivery, and the delivery of the merchandise may be done by the retailer or by a third party, such as the post office or a courier. In contrast, non-store retailers that reach their customers by door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, temporary displaying of merchandise (stalls) and vending machines typically receive payment and deliver the merchandise to the customer at the time of the purchase.

The non-store retailers subsector also includes establishments engaged in the home delivery of products. This includes home heating oil dealers and newspaper delivery companies.

443 - Electronics and Appliance StoresUS

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing household appliances, home audio and video equipment, cameras, computers and related goods. These establishments may also retail replacement parts and provide repair services.

  • Exclusion(s):

    Establishments primarily engaged in:

    • retailing used household appliances, home audio and video equipment, cameras, computers and related goods (See 45331 Used Merchandise Stores)
    • retailing household appliances, home audio and video equipment, cameras, computers and related goods by means of electronic shopping, mail-order or direct sale (See 454 Non-Store Retailers)
4431 - Electronics and Appliance StoresUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing household appliances, home audio and video equipment, cameras, computers and related goods. These establishments may also retail replacement parts and provide repair services.

44311 - Appliance, Television and Other Electronics Stores

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing new household appliances, home audio and video equipment, and other electronic products. These establishments may also retail used electronics and appliances, provide repair services, and retail computers and computer software.

  • Exclusion(s):

    Establishments primarily engaged in:

    • computer, computer peripheral equipment and software retailing (See 44312 Computer and Software Stores)
    • electronic toy retailing (See 45112 Hobby, Toy and Game Stores)
    • retailing used household appliances (See 45331 Used Merchandise Stores)
    • repairing, without retailing, televisions or other electronic products (See 81121 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance)
443110 - Appliance, Television and Other Electronics StoresCAN

This Canadian industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing new household appliances, home audio and video equipment, and other electronic products. These establishments may also retail used electronics and appliances, provide repair services, and retail computers and computer software.

  • Example Activities:

    • Air-conditioning room units, self-contained, retail
    • Antenna stores, household, retail
    • Appliance, radio, television and stereo stores, retail
    • Built-in vacuum systems, retail
    • Cellular phone stores (authorized agents)
    • Consumer electronic equipment stores, retail
    • Electric household appliances, retail
    • Electric razor shops, retail
    • Freezers, household, retail
    • Garbage disposers, electric, retail
    • Gas household appliance stores, retail
    • Hair driers, household, retail
    • Home security equipment, retail
    • Household appliance stores, electric or gas, retail
    • Kitchens, complete (sinks, cabinets), retail
    • Personal care appliance store
    • Ranges, gas and electric-retail
    • Refrigerators and related electric and gas appliances, retail
    • Satellite ground station receivers, retail
    • Sewing machine stores, retail
    • Smoke detectors, retail
    • Stereo equipment retail
    • Telephone stores, retail
    • Television, radio and stereo stores
    • Television, radio, stereo and appliances stores
    • Two-way radios, home or auto, retail
    • Vacuum cleaner stores, retail
    • Video camera stores, retail
    • Video recorders, retail
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