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Census Information: Census of Retail Trade

The United States Constitution includes directives for carrying out a census of the population every 10 years.

About the Census of Retail Trade

In 1972, the Census of Retail Trade was taken from the Census of Business and classified separately.  Earlier Censuses of Retail Trade are included in the Census of Business (C 3.202/5).  Starting with 1997, it is classified with the Economic Census (C 3.277).

Local holdings (1972-1992)

1972 Census of Retail Trade - C 3.255/6:972

            Volume 1: Summary and subject statistics.

            Volume 2: Area Statistics. In 3 parts.

            Volume 3: Major Retail Center Statistics. In 3 parts.

            (Changed from official SuDoc classification.)

1977 Census of Retail Trade - C 3.255/6:977

            Volume 1: Subject statistics.

            Volume 2: Geographic Area Statistics. In 3 parts.

Geographic area statistics. C 3.255/2:RC77-A-no. In 52 parts. [MICROFICHE]

PSU is missing no. 2, 5, 8-12, 15, 20-21, 23, 25-26, 30, 33-35, 40, 48, 50

Subject series. C 3.255/3:RC77-S-no. In 2 parts. [MICROFICHE]

Merchandise line sales. United States. C 3.255/4:RC77-L [PAPER AND MICROFICHE]

Merchandise line sales. C 3.255/4:RC77-L-no. In 51 parts. [MICROFICHE]

PSU is missing: Part 46: Vermont.

Major retail centers in standard metropolitan statistical areas. C 3.255/5:RC77-C-no.  In 49 parts.

PSU has on paper: Parts 1-49. PSU has on microfiche: Parts 2-17, 19-21, 23-45, 48-49

1982 Census of Retail Trade - C 3.255/2:RC82

Geographic Area Series. C 3.255/2:RC82-A-no. In  52 parts.

Industry series. C 3.255/3-3:RC82-I-no. In 4 parts.

Major retail centers in standard metropolitan statistical areas. C 3.255/5:RC82-C-no. In 51 parts.

PSU is missing: Part 9: DC

1987 Census of Retail Trade - C 3.255/2:RC87

Geographic area series. C 3.255/2:RC87-A-no. In 52 parts.

PSU has on paper: Parts 1-52. PSU has on microfiche: Part 21, 44,

Subject series. C 3.255/3:RC87-S-no. In 4 parts

Special report series. Selected statistics. C 3.255/3:RC87-SP-1

Nonemployer statistics series. C 3.225/7:RC87-N-no. In 4 parts.

 1992 Census of Retail Trade - C 3.255/2:RC92 (Also available online)

Geographic area series. C 3.255/2:RC92-A-no.  52 parts.

Subject series. C 3.255/3:RC92-S-no.  4 parts + no. 3/revised.

Nonemployer statistics series. Summary. C 3.255/7:RC92-N-1