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OLYMPIA – Oct. 7, 2011 – Taxable retail sales increased 2.9 percent to $25.6 billion during the second quarter of 2011 compared to year-earlier results, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a component of all taxable retail sales that counts only retail store sales and excludes other sectors such as construction and services, grew 3.7 percent to $11.7 billion.

Among major industries, construction continued its decline, dropping 5.5 percent to $3.7 billion; accommodations and food services rose 5.8 percent to $3 billion; and motor vehicles and parts rose 6.9 percent to $2.5 billion.  Taxable sales by general merchandise stores edged up 0.4 percent to $2.3 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $9.9 billion 4.2% $4.0 billion 4.2%
Pierce $2.6 billion (-0.3%) $1.4 billion 4.9%
Snohomish $2.4 billion (-0.8)% $1.3 billion 3.3%
Spokane $1.7 billion 2.3% $851 million 1.2%
Clark $1 billion  4.1% $479 million 3.7%

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $3.9 billion 5.5% $1.3 billion 5.1%
Bellevue $1.2 billion 5.0% $559 million 2.4%
Tacoma $948 million 1.1% $486 million 5.5%
Spokane $904 million (-1.5%) $435 million (-2.9%)
Vancouver $588 million 6.2% $262 million 3.3%

Results for all counties and selected cities are available here.

Additional comparisons of taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and all cities, and a breakdown of the change in sales statewide by industry are available here.

 

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