Retail trade plays an important role in a local community's economic well-being.
It fosters the
creation of jobs, income, and tax revenues. It serves as a support industry to the
area's industrial base by
providing inputs for these enterprises and meeting the consumer needs of its workers.
the local retail trade sector provides goods and services, which are not available
in other locations, it
attracts dollars from out-of-town shoppers.
This study analyzed retail trade patterns for food and beverages, together with overall
patters, for six county classifications in Mississippi over four periods in time
between 1985 and 1998.
Pull factors were used to measure the ability of counties to attract and retain shoppers