This sector is composed
of establishments organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the
general public. The two main types of retailers are store and nonstore.
Stores are located and designed to attract large volumes of customers
through extensive merchandise displays and mass-media advertisement.
Customers include businesses and institutional clients as well as the
general public. Office supply stores, building materials dealers, plumbing
and electrical supply stores, gasoline service stations, automotive
dealers, and mobile home dealers are all classified as store retailers.
Stores that provide after-sales services such as repair and installation
are generally considered retail. Non-store retailers also serve the
general public through "infomercials", mail-order catalogs,
door-to-door solicitation, in-home demonstration, portable carts, and
Ninety-five percent of the Rhode Island
employment classified in the Retail Trade sector was previously classified
in the Retail Trade division under SIC. A small portion of the sector
employment is from the Wholesale Trade (2%) division. Restaurants are no
longer classified in Retail Trade under NAICS but in the new Accommodation
and Food Services sector.