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Deciphering the Code: NAICS vs. SIC

Originally published: March 2014

Eating Places: 5812
Full-Service Restaurant: 722511
Stationery and Office Supplies: 5112
Office Supplies and Stationary Stores: 45321
Retail Nurseries, Lawn and Garden Supply Stores: 5261
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores: 4442

Can you decipher which of these codes are SIC industry classifications versus which are NAICS (pronounced ‘nakes’) codes? If your company is in one of these industry classifications, how do you know which code to use?