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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

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Department Stores  (view report)
Dollar & Variety Stores  (view report)

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:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Lebhar Friedman, Inc.
Chain Store Age

Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for retail professionals, with topics covered in the publication including operations, finance, marketing, technology, and real estate, and special features including the "Annual State of the Industry Report" and "Top 100 U.S. Retailers" rankings published in the September/October issue of the magazine. Digital editions can be viewed online.

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

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; 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.

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.

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 financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
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.

Compensation 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.

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.