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OLYMPIA – Oct. 5, 2012 – Taxable retail sales increased 4.7 percent to $26.8 billion during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade increased 5.3 percent to $12.3 billion over the second quarter of 2011. Retail trade is a subset of all taxable retail sales that includes retailers but excludes other industries such as services and construction. 

Among major industries, construction was up 7 percent to $3.9 billion, accommodations and food services increased 5.4 percent to $3.2 billion, motor vehicles and parts rose 12.9 percent to $2.9 billion, and general merchandise stores were up 2.1 percent to $2.4 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $10.6 billion 6.4% $4.2 billion 6.1%
Pierce $2.7 billion 4.4% $1.4 billion 4.9%
Snohomish $2.5 billion 4.9% $1.4 billion 7.6%
Spokane $1.8 billion 2.0% $883 million 3.7%
Clark $1.1billion 5.7% $505 million 5.5%

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $4.3 billion 10.3% $1.3 billion 4.8%
Bellevue $1.3 billion 7.2% $636 million 13.7%
Tacoma $996 million 5.1% $506 million 4.0%
Spokane $963 million 6.4% $452 million 4.0%
Vancouver $623 million 5.8% $274 million 4.5%

 

Taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, and a breakdown of sales statewide by industries are available here. Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available here.

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