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OLYMPIA – May 23, 2014 – Taxable retail sales increased 7.4 percent to $117.1 billion during calendar year 2013 compared to 2012, 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 6.4 percent to $53.7 billion.

Within the retail sector:

  • New and used car sales rose 12.1 percent to $10 billion
  • Building materials, garden equipment and supplies increased 9.6 percent to $5 billion
  • Apparel and accessories grew 4.2 percent to $4.1 billion
  • E-commerce and mail order went up 23.6 percent to $1.7 billion

The construction industry saw large gains as well, with an overall increase of 15.8 percent to $19.3 billion. Building construction drove most of those gains, with a 17.1 percent increase over 2012 taxable sales.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales Percent change Retail trade Percent change
King $46.1 billion 7.1 $18.6 billion 5.8
Pierce $12.2 billion 10 $6.3 billion 8.9
Snohomish $11.2 billion 8 $6 billion 7.6
Spokane $7.6 billion 6.2 $3.8 billion 6.5
Clark $4.9 billion 9.3 $2.2 billion 8.7

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales Percent change Retail trade Percent change
Seattle $18.3 billion 6.4 $5.9 billion 6.2
Bellevue $5.4 billion 7.2 $2.6 billion 2.6
Tacoma $4.3 billion 5.8 $2.2 billion 4.6
Spokane $4.1 billion 5.8 $1.9 billion 4.3
Vancouver $2.8 billion 8.7 $1.3 billion 11.8


Revenue provides detailed reports of taxable retail sales and retail trade figures by county and city, as well as a breakdown of sales statewide by industry. These files can be found at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/newsroom/2014/trs-CY2013.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/2013/qbrcal13/default.aspx.

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