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Within retail trade, food and beverage stores and general merchandise stores together account for more than 1 in 3 jobs, so employment trends in these two industries can have profound effects on the industry as a whole.
The standouts were manufacturing construction, up 32%, communication, 23%, multi-retail ("big box" and other general merchandise stores, shopping centers, and shopping malls), 20%, multifamily, 17%, single-family, 13%, warehouses, 12%, and lodging, 11%.
As for the union's claims about wages and benefits, the Wal-Mart chain is competitive in those areas with other general merchandise stores, such as Kmart and Target, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Cynthia Lin.
Included in the deal are Fedco's 10 general merchandise stores - including a store in Van Nuys - and certain other properties.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently added miscellaneous general merchandise stores (sac 539) and catalog and mail-order houses (SIC 5961) to its productivity measurement program, enhancing its coverage of the retail sector.
In addition, all of the Woolworth general merchandise stores will continue to feature the health-and-beauty-aid merchandise category, an important part of those
Speaking to merchants and vendors at the PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Partnership) seminar program at The Visual Marketing & Store Design Show here, Farah said the biggest challenge to the general merchandise stores was not getting more people into stores, but increasing the amount of the average sale.
Retail Discounter Opens 17 General Merchandise Stores With Expanded Food Options