Clark County taxable retail sales hit $1.3 billion in 2Q

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Taxable retail sales in Clark County climbed to $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2014, from April 1 through June 30, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported Monday. That was a 9.2 percent increase from the same period of 2013, the department said.

Clark County’s retail trade, a subset of total taxable retail sales, rose to $590 million, up 7.4 percent.

Both increases exceeded statewide average increases. The state’s taxable retail sales reached nearly $31 billion in the second quarter, a 6.8 percent one-year increase. Retail trade statewide was up for the year by 5.4 percent to $13.9 billion.

Statewide, taxable sales were up for new and used autos, 6.9 percent; building materials, gardening supplies and equipment, 7.5 percent; new building construction, 9.3 percent; and e-commerce and mail order sales, 20.8 percent.