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OLYMPIA – Jan. 6, 2012 – Taxable retail sales increased 3.2 percent to $27.3 billion during the third quarter of 2011compared to year-earlier results, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a subset of all sales that counts only retail store sales and excludes other sectors such as construction and services, was up 2.4 percent to $12.2 billion.

Among major industries, construction rose 1.4 percent to $4.4 billion, the first gain for this sector since the first quarter of 2008.  Accommodations and food services rose 5.3 percent to $3.5 billion; motor vehicles and parts rose 4.5 percent to $2.6 billion; general merchandise stores dropped 1.2 percent to $1.8 billion, and miscellaneous retailers were up 1 percent to $1.3 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $10.5 billion 4.8% $4.3 billion 4.0%
Pierce $2.7 billion (-3.3%) $1.4 billion (-.1)%
Snohomish $2.5 billion 0.3% $1.3 billion 3.0%
Spokane $1.8 billion 2.2% $869 million 0.9%
Clark $1.1 billion  4.6% $500 million 3.6%

 


Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $4.1 billion 7.4% $1.4 billion 6.1%
Bellevue $1.2 billion 2.2% $583 million 3.1%
Tacoma $961 million (-4.8%) $496 million (-0.7%)
Spokane $934 million (-1.5%) $440 million (-3.4%)
Vancouver $620 million 6.6% $272 million 5.0%

 

Results for all counties and selected cities are available at
http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/StatisticsAndReports/2011/qbr311/Default.aspx.

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 at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/newsroom/2012/trs-q32011.aspx.

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