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Key Membership Benefits

  • Merchant Services
    Credit Card Processing
    Processing Equipment
    Check Services
  • Insurance Services
    Workers’ Comp Insurance
    Disability Insurance
    Other Insurance
  • Government Relations
    The Retail Council has strong lobbyists protecting our members’ interests.
  • Marketing Support
    Let the Council help you increase visibility, foot traffic and sales in your store.

Facts about the Retail Industry in New York State

With more than one million retail establishments and 15 million employees, the retail industry is one of the most important in the United States. The economic health of the retail industry – and ultimately its ability to provide millions of jobs and desired goods and services at reasonable prices – depends in large part on the regulatory environment within which it must operate.

An economic engine for New York State
Annual retail sales in New York State exceed $230 billion.

A significant employer
New York’s retailers employ more than 873,000 workers in more than 73,000 establishments, also partnering with state and local governments as key entry-level employers for job training and opportunity programs throughout the state.

Billions in payroll
Retailing in New York State has a payroll of more than $25 billion.

A sales tax generator
Retail sales in New York State account for 45.1% of the taxable sales and purchases in the state's tax base.

A community supporter

Retailers large and small provide donations of cash, merchandise, and/or facilities to support community groups, schools, and other organizations in the villages, towns and cities where they do business.

Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census; New York State Department of Labor Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (2010 data); New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Taxable Sales and Purchases (March 2009 - February 2010)

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