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OLYMPIA, WA – May 8, 2013 – Taxable retail sales increased 5.1 percent to $109.1 billion during calendar year 2012 compared to 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 5.3 percent to $50.5 billion.

Among major industries, construction was up 7.6 percent to $16.7 billion, accommodations and food services increased 6.3 percent to $12.6 billion, motor vehicles and parts rose 11.6 percent to $11.4 billion, and general merchandise stores were up 2.5 percent to $10.3 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $43.0 billion 6.5% $17.6 billion 5.3%
Pierce $11.1 billion 5.3% $5.8 billion 5.6%
Snohomish $10.3 billion 6.2% $5.6 billion 7.1%
Spokane $7.1 billion 3.2% $3.6 billion 4.7%
Clark $4.5 billion 6.2% $2.1 billion 5.8%

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $17.2 billion 9.0% $5.6 billion 3.5%
Bellevue $5.1 billion 5.3% $2.6 billion 9.4%
Tacoma $4.0 billion 5.8% $2.1 billion 4.5%
Spokane $3.9 billion 6.9% $1.9 billion 5.2%
Vancouver $2.5 billion 5.8% $1.1 billion 4.9%


Taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, and a breakdown of sales statewide by industries are available at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/newsroom/2013/trs-CY2012.aspx.

Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/StatisticsAndReports/2012/qbrcal12/default.aspx.

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