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Retail Stores

SIC 5300 | NAICS 452000

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

Sample report is available online.

Information resources available from this trade association include:

NRF Forecast / Monthly Economic Review /
Annual forecast and monthly economic review reports provide insights on economic trends and their current and prospective impact on the U.S. retail environment, with topics covered in these reports including retail sales growth, consumer sentiment, consumer prices, GDP growth, housing market index, employment growth trends, personal income and spending, and leading economic indicators.

Retail Insight Center
Research section provides an extensive selection of data from government and other sources, with data available for analysis in a graphic presentation format including consumer confidence, shopping habits, retailers shopped by category, actual spend by category, monthly retail sales, retail sales by market sector, mobile and online shopping, and economic factors affecting the retail environment.

Department, Discount, and Dollar Stores  Search by type of store (e.g., department, discount, dollar)

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:

Sample report is available online.

Information resources available from this organization include:

STORES Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for retail executives, with topics covered in various issues including store operations, merchandising, marketing, retail technology, mobile and online shopping, payment and credit systems, supply chain logistics, human resources, and loss prevention. Current issue is available online, with free subscription available to qualified parties.

Annual Retailer Lists
STORES magazine provides annual ranking lists of retailers by various criteria, with lists provided including the "Top 100" ranked by U.S. sales, "Hot 100" ranked by U.S. year-over-year sales growth, "Favorite 50" ranking of consumers' preferred e-commerce sites, and the "Global Top 250" from the "Global Powers of Retailing" report produced in conjunction with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Lebhar Friedman, Inc.
Publications available from this organization include:

Chain Store Age
Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for retail professionals, with topics covered in various issues including operations, finance, online shopping, technology, marketing, store planning, and real estate, and retail sectors covered in various issues including supermarkets, department stores, discounters, pharmacies, and specialty retailers. Digital editions are available free  online.

Retailing Today
Online news source provides news and information for the top 100 U.S. retailers and their suppliers, with content categories featured including retail news by market segment (e.g., grocery, drug, club, hardware, department, dollar, and specialty retailers), e-commerce, supplier news, innovation and technology, product categories, and special reports. All articles are available online with registration.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
General Merchandise, Department, Discount, and Variety Stores  Search for "452" to see reports for specific types of stores

Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed financial benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

Sample reports are available online.

Department, Discount, and Dollar Stores  Search by type of store (e.g., department, discount, dollar)

Financial information section of these profiles provides income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios by sales range for companies that sell merchandise such as groceries, housewares, furniture, appliances, electronics, sporting goods, apparel, footwear, cosmetics, and personal care products, with individual reports available for more than 30 specific types of retailing operations.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey  Search for "compensation"

Annual salary survey provides compensation and benefits data for retailers of all types, with survey data broken down by retail sector and subsector, size (e.g., organization sales, number of stores, store revenue, and store size), ownership (public, private), type of entity (e.g., corporation, division,  subsidiary, and group), and geographic region (e.g., national, regional, and metropolitan area.)

Department, Discount, and Dollar Stores / discount / dollar

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this retail sector, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including department (e.g., Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Dilliards, JCPenney, and Kohl's), discount (e.g., Target, TJ Maxx, and Wal-Mart), and dollar (e.g., Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General) stores.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples
Dollar and Variety Stores

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that sell general merchandise such as groceries, household cleaning supplies, housewares, health and beauty aids, toys, gifts, greeting cards, party supplies, and seasonal items at discounted prices.

Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company transactions by SIC or NAICS code for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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