Companies that own and operate stores that retail general merchandise such that they are capable of retailing a large variety of goods from a single location or from individual point-of-sale locations (including supermarkets and hypermarkets, warehouse clubs and superstores, department stores, duty free stores, grocery and convenience stores, as well as other general retailers).
Companies that engage in buying goods from manufacturers, producers, or importers, either directly or through wholesalers, and organizing the resale of merchandise to the general public in small quantities. Retailers mainly sell merchandise intended for personal or household consumption, but some sell products for business and institutional clients, retailers may provide after-sales services, such as repair and installation, or process activities supplementary to retailing.
Companies that operate department stores that have separate departments for various merchandise lines (including apparel, jewelry, home furnishings, linens, paint, hardware, toiletries, cosmetics, photographic equipment, toys, sporting goods, and other merchandise). The industry also include companies that operate department stores chains.