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OLYMPIA – Jan. 8, 2013 – Taxable retail sales increased 5.4 percent to $28.8 billion during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a subset of all sales that excludes non-retail sectors such as construction and services, rose 7.3 percent to $13.1 billion.

Among major industries, construction was up 6.1 percent to $4.6 billion, accommodations and food services increased 5.6 percent to $3.5 billion, motor vehicles and parts rose 15.7 percent to $3.0 billion, and general merchandise stores were up 4.7 percent to $2.6 billion.

q3 2012

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $11.3 billion 7.2% $4.6 billion 7.2%
Pierce $2.9 billion 6.2% $1.5 billion 7.7%
Snohomish $2.7 billion 7.6% $1.5 billion 9.2%
Spokane $1.9 billion 3.5% $934 million 7.5%
Clark $1.2 billion 6.9% $540 million 8.1%

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $4.5 billion 9.4% $1.4 billion 4.9%
Bellevue $1.3 billion 8.0% $647 million 11.0%
Tacoma $1.0 billion 7.3% $526 million 6.0%
Spokane $1.0 billion 8.4% $480 million 9.1%
Vancouver $665 million 7.4% $294 million 8.2%

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. z


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