Frequently Asked Questions

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If a firm sells to both household consumers and businesses, are sales to businesses excluded?

No.  A firm is classified by its major source of receipts by establishment.  Firms are instructed to report their total sales for a given month for all retail establishments even if they include some non-retail receipts.  For example, if a firm operates an establishment engaged in both retail and wholesale operations, but the majority of sales are from the retail operation, the establishment is classified as retail.

For more information, visit the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website.


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