TABLE 3-A
                                
              COUNTY TAXABLE RETAIL SALES COMPARING
             4TH QUARTER, 1995 TO 4TH QUARTER, 1996
                             ($000)
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                                                          Percent
   County            4th Quarter, 1995  4th Quarter, 1996 Change
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     Adams                 $   38,025     $   38,080       0.1%
     Asotin                    31,940         31,727      -0.7
     Benton                   341,290        365,957       7.2
     Chelan                   203,670        207,628       1.9
     Clallam                  141,508        136,699      -3.4
     Clark                    683,429        741,715       8.5
     Columbia                   5,471          7,296      33.4
     Cowlitz                  246,445        243,433      -1.2
     Douglas                   58,343         58,921       1.0
     Ferry                      9,170          9,472       3.3
     Franklin                 120,262        125,800       4.6
     Garfield                   4,082          3,325     -18.5
     Grant                    158,749        164,669       3.7
     Grays Harbor             144,906        150,977       4.2
     Island                    94,695        106,325      12.3
     Jefferson                 48,467         52,795       8.9
     King                   6,591,854      7,095,330       7.6
     Kitsap                   477,965        490,960       2.7
     Kittitas                  75,607        100,977      33.6
     Klickitat                 25,837         26,402       2.2
     Lewis                    186,239        201,381       8.1
     Lincoln                   16,848         18,663      10.8
     Mason                     73,593         69,303      -5.8
     Okanogan                  74,529         76,416       2.5
     Pacific                   32,124         33,221       3.4
     Pend Orielle              13,548         17,571      29.7
     Pierce                 1,545,562      1,629,087       5.4
     San Juan                  37,160         41,315      11.2
     Skagit                   284,835        306,109       7.5
     Skamania                  11,698         12,957      10.8
     Snohomish              1,408,488      1,530,467       8.7
     Spokane                1,195,596      1,238,530       3.6
     Stevens                   59,083         61,905       4.8
     Thurston                 500,565        521,325       4.1
     Wahkiakum                  3,397          3,886      14.4
     Walla Walla              109,968        109,078      -0.8
     Whatcom                  436,457        455,651       4.4
     Whitman                   74,857         84,796      13.3
     Yakima                   484,794        513,806       6.0

     TOTAL                $16,051,056    $17,083,955       6.4%
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