ISIC Code 47 - Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles


This division includes the resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods mainly to the general public for personal or household consumption or utilization, by shops, department stores, stalls, mail-order houses, hawkers and peddlers, consumer cooperatives etc.

Retail trade is classified first by type of sale outlet (retail trade in stores: ISIC Code - 471 to ISIC Code - 477; retail trade not in stores: ISIC Code - 478 and ISIC Code - 479). Retail trade in stores includes the retail sale of used goods (ISIC Code - 4774). For retail sale in stores, there exists a further distinction between specialized retail sale (ISIC Code - 472 to ISIC Code - 477) and non-specialized retail sale (ISIC Code - 471). The above groups are further subdivided by the range of products sold. Sale not via stores is subdivided according to the forms of trade, such as retail sale via stalls and markets (ISIC Code - 478) and other non-store retail sale, e.g. mail order, door-to-door, by vending machines etc. (ISIC Code - 479).

The goods sold in this division are limited to goods usually referred to as consumer goods or retail goods. Therefore goods not usually entering the retail trade, such as cereal grains, ores, industrial machinery etc., are excluded.
This division also includes the retail sale by commission agents and activities of retail auctioning houses.

This division also includes units engaged primarily in selling to the general public, from displayed goods, products such as personal computers, stationery, paint or timber, although these sales may not be for personal or household use. Some processing of goods may be involved, but only incidental to selling, e.g. sorting or repackaging of goods, installation of a domestic appliance etc.


This division excludes:

  • Sale of farmers' products by farmers, see ISIC Code - 01
  • Manufacture and sale of goods, which is generally classified as manufacturing in ISIC Code - 10 to ISIC Code - 32
  • Sale of motor vehicles, motorcycles and their parts, see ISIC Code - 45
  • Trade in cereal grains, ores, crude petroleum, industrial chemicals, iron and steel and industrial machinery and equipment, see ISIC Code - 46
  • Sale of food and drinks for consumption on the premises and sale of takeaway food, see ISIC Code - 56
  • Renting of personal and household goods to the general public, see ISIC Code - 772