Taxable Retail Sales Decline 12.8 Percent During First Quarter 2009

Olympia, Wash., July 15, 2009 — Taxable retail sales declined 12.8 percent to $23.2 billion during the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2008, the Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a component of all taxable retail sales that includes retailers but excludes sales tax from other industries such as services and construction, dropped 11.9 percent to $10.0 billion.

Among the largest industries, retail sales from construction dropped 20.4 percent to $4.3 billion; motor vehicle and parts dropped 23.3 percent to $2.1 billion; accommodations and food services dropped 5.1 percent to $2.4 billion; general merchandise stores declined 0.9 percent to $1.5 billion, the retail component of wholesale trade declined 18.3 percent to $1.8 billion, miscellaneous retailers dropped 12.2 percent to $1.3 billion, information services dropped 0.7 percent to $1.2 billion, and building materials, garden equipment and supplies dropped 21.2 percent to $851 million.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $9.2 billion -15.3% $3.5 billion -14.4%
Pierce $2.5 billion -11.6% $1.2 billion -11.9%
Snohomish $2.2 billion -14.6% $1.1 billion -12.6%
Spokane $1.5 billion -7.7% $755 million -7.6%
Clark $921 million -15.6% $403 million -12.0%

 

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $3.6 billion -11.2% $1.1 billion -12.0%
Bellevue $1.2 billion -13.5% $498 million -14.2%
Tacoma $935 million -11.3% $428 million -12.9%
Spokane $840 million -3.4% $405 million -2.0%
Vancouver $548 million -13.7% $228 million -14.0%

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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