North Carolina Retail sales, 2007 ($1,000) by County

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Retail sales, 2007 ($1,000) - (Thousands of USD)
County Value
Alamance 1,968,813
Alexander 216,769
Alleghany 73,665
Anson 180,010
Ashe 292,410
Avery 197,646
Beaufort 573,361
Bertie 93,015
Bladen 196,691
Brunswick 1,004,231
Buncombe 3,597,871
Burke 661,178
Cabarrus 2,807,782
Caldwell 648,606
Camden 26,999
Carteret 979,612
Caswell 52,986
Catawba 2,683,077
Chatham 559,438
Cherokee 404,019
Chowan 136,106
Clay 133,702
Cleveland 928,777
Columbus 527,600
Craven 1,111,719
Cumberland 3,897,360
Currituck 263,948
Dare 869,102
Davidson 1,264,173
Davie 407,832
Duplin 412,609
Durham 3,135,341
Edgecombe 324,723
Forsyth 5,202,887
Franklin 371,837
Gaston 2,245,345
Gates 33,978
Graham 46,180
Granville 323,857
Greene 97,812
Guilford 7,252,646
Halifax 610,319
Harnett 872,002
Haywood 821,787
Henderson 1,479,207
Hertford 252,048
Hoke 121,696
Hyde 26,685
Iredell 2,288,865
Jackson 433,723
Johnston 1,971,715
Jones 31,806
Lee 764,540
Lenoir 842,826
Lincoln 713,799
Macon 476,264
Madison 76,045
Martin 227,775
McDowell 482,389
Mecklenburg 14,114,263
Mitchell 171,884
Montgomery 210,239
Moore 1,001,063
Nash 1,271,214
New Hanover 3,825,475
Northampton 101,990
Onslow 1,913,882
Orange 1,195,285
Pamlico 68,916
Pasquotank 694,308
Pender 331,801
Perquimans 69,022
Person 384,238
Pitt 2,176,014
Polk 110,320
Randolph 1,156,737
Richmond 424,114
Robeson 1,337,907
Rockingham 839,555
Rowan 1,163,827
Rutherford 640,132
Sampson 575,816
Scotland 361,658
Stanly 609,966
Stokes 226,515
Surry 1,054,073
Swain 112,322
Transylvania 266,182
Tyrrell 30,744
Union 1,699,810
Vance 582,116
Wake 12,598,141
Warren 62,865
Washington 107,746
Watauga 795,216
Wayne 1,388,030
Wilkes 759,255
Wilson 1,058,605
Yadkin 238,645
Yancey 149,078

Value for North Carolina (Thousands of USD): 114,578,173

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Economic Census, 2007. Updated every 5 years.


The retail trade sector comprises establishments engaged in retailing merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. The retailing process is the final step in the distribution of merchandise; retailers are, therefore, organized to sell merchandise in small quantities to the general public. The 2007 Economic Census classifies businesses according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), 2007.

Sales include merchandise sold for cash or credit at retail and wholesale by establishments primarily engaged in retail trade; amounts received from customers for layaway purchases; receipts from rental of vehicles, equipment, instruments, tools, etc.; receipts for delivery, installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, storage, and other services; the total value of service contracts; and gasoline, liquor, tobacco, and other excise taxes which are paid by the manufacturer or wholesaler and passed on to the retailer.

Sales are net after deductions for refunds and allowances for merchandise returned by customers. Trade-in allowances are not deducted from sales. Sales do not include carrying or other credit charges; sales (or other) taxes collected from customers and forwarded to taxing authorities; gross sales and receipts of departments or concessions operated by other companies; and commissions or receipts from the sale of government lottery tickets.

Sales do not include retail sales made by manufacturers, wholesalers, service establishments, or other businesses whose primary activity is other than retail trade. They do include receipts other than from the sale of merchandise at retail, such as service receipts, sales to industrial users, and sales to other retailers by establishments primarily engaged in retail trade.

Scope and Methodology:

The 2007 Economic Census measured activity during calendar year 2007. Large- and medium-size firms, including all firms known to operate more than one establishment, and a sample of small employers were sent questionnaires to be completed and returned to the Census Bureau by mail or electronically. Most very small firms were not sent a form, and data from existing administrative records of other Federal agencies were used instead.

These data exclude governmental establishments except for retail liquor stores (NAICS 44531).

These data include only establishments with paid employees.

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