Department Store


A department store is a retail establishment that carries several lines of merchandise, such as women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, men’s and boys’ clothing, piece goods, smallwares, and home furnishings, all of which are organized into separate departments for the purpose of promotion, service, accounting, and control.

For Census purposes, it is an establishment normally employing 25 or more people and engaged in selling some items in each of the following lines of merchandise: furniture, home furnishings, appliances, radio and TV sets, a general line of apparel for the family, household linens, and dry goods.

An establishment with total sales of less than $10,000,000 in which sales of any one of these groupings is greater than 80 percent of total sales is not classified as a department store.[1]



  1. ^ American Marketing Association, AMA Dictionary.

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