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Business census deadline is Feb. 12

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Census Bureau is reminding business owners that Feb. 12 is the deadline for returning the 2012 Economic Census form sent to nearly 4 million businesses late last year. Businesses that received the survey forms are required by law to respond, the Census Bureau said.

The Census Bureau conducts an economic census every five years to collect reliable business statistics that are considered essential to understanding the American economy. The information collected—on industry revenues, employment and other measures of American business performance—is then made available to provide consistent, comparable and comprehensive benchmarking data across industries and geographic areas.

To help business owners complete the census forms accurately and on time, the Census Bureau is conducting a webinar at 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 24 on its website at To get help with forms and report online, business owners can visit:

The Economic Census tracks statistics on 18 of the 20 industry sectors defined under the North American Industry Classification System. The categories relevant to the tire distribution and automotive service sectors are:

326212—Retreading tires;

423130—Tires, new and used, motor vehicle, merchant wholesalers;

423930—Tires, scrap, merchant wholesalers;

441310—Automotive parts and accessories stores;

441320—Tire dealers, including retailers of new and/or used tires and tubes or retailers of new tires/automotive repair services; and

811111 through 811118—General automotive repair.
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Previous | Published February 1, 2019

What issue concerns you most heading into 2019?

The threat of more tariffs.
27% (27 votes)
The new Congress in Washington.
35% (35 votes)
Price fluctuations for the products we sell.
10% (10 votes)
More disruptions across the industry.
29% (29 votes)
Total votes: 101
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