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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.3 code 52


  • Tabulation Category: G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods
  • Division: 52 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles; repair of personal and household goods


This Division is divided into the following Groups:

  • 521 - Non-specialized retail trade in stores
  • 522 - Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores
  • 523 - Other retail trade of new goods in specialized stores
  • 524 - Retail sale of second-hand goods in stores
  • 525 - Retail trade not in stores
  • 526 - Repair of personal and household goods

Explanatory note

This division includes the re-sale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to the general public for personal or household consumption or utilization, by shops, department stores, stalls, mail-order houses, hawkers and peddlers, consumer co-operatives, auction houses, etc. Most retailers take title to the goods they sell, but some act as agents for a principal and sell either on consignment or on a commission basis.
Establishments engaged in selling to the general public, from displayed merchandise, products such as typewriters, stationery, paint or lumber, are classified in this division though these sales may not be for personal or household consumption or use only.
The goods sold in this division are for obvious reasons limited to so called consumer goods. Accordingly, examples of goods not normally entering retail trade include cereal grains, ores, crude petroleum, industrial chemicals, iron and steel and industrial machinery and equipment.
In some instances some processing of the goods may be involved, but this should be only incidental to selling.
Also included in this division is the repair and installation of personal and household goods whether or not done in combination with retail sale.
A fundamental distinction is made in the detail of the division for retail trade between sales by stores, in groups 521-524, and sales by other methods, in group 525.

Exclusions: Sale of farmers' products by farmers is classified in division 01 (Agriculture, hunting and related service activities).
The manufacture and sale of goods (e.g. draperies, food) to the general public for personal or household consumption is generally classified as manufacturing, in divisions 15-37, even though such manufacture might be regarded as incidental to sale.
Sale of motor vehicles, motorcycles and snowmobiles and their parts and of automotive fuel are classified in division 50 (Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; retail sale of automotive fuel).
Selling motor vehicles or other goods to institutional or industrial users only is classified in division 50 and 51 (Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles), respectively.
Sale of food and drinks for consumption on the premises is classified in class 5520 (Restaurants, bars and canteens).
Renting of personal and household goods to the general public is classified in class 7130.

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