TABLE 3-A
                                
              COUNTY TAXABLE RETAIL SALES COMPARING
             1ST QUARTER, 1996 TO 1ST QUARTER, 1997
                             ($000)
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                                                          Percent                                
     County         1st Quarter, 1996   1st Quarter, 1997 Change

     Adams               $     30,629   $     32,355       5.6%
     Asotin                    26,086         26,819       2.8
     Benton                   276,464        287,545       4.0
     Chelan                   156,454        171,766       9.8
     Clallam                  119,782        115,310      -3.7
     Clark                    627,814        628,714       0.1
     Columbia                   5,018          5,153       2.7
     Cowlitz                  220,681        211,110      -4.3
     Douglas                   42,429         42,401      -0.1
     Ferry                      6,784          6,189      -8.8
     Franklin                 120,021        120,067       0.0
     Garfield                   3,077          3,083       0.2
     Grant                    143,942        142,319      -1.1
     Grays Harbor             126,863        130,321       2.7
     Island                    84,937         90,188       6.2
     Jefferson                 43,235         46,444       7.4
     King                   5,980,420      6,542,324       9.4
     Kitsap                   407,715        431,160       5.8
     Kittitas                  61,592         72,985      18.5
     Klickitat                 18,252         20,922      14.6
     Lewis                    162,136        162,242       0.1
     Lincoln                   12,495         12,745       2.0
     Mason                     57,339         65,123      13.6
     Okanogan                  54,540         53,245      -2.4
     Pacific                   26,911         25,431      -5.5
     Pend Oreille              10,833         11,952      10.3
     Pierce                 1,383,341      1,468,941       6.2
     San Juan                  29,022         34,666      19.4
     Skagit                   247,434        269,574       8.9
     Skamania                   7,753          8,973      15.7
     Snohomish              1,245,970      1,411,404      13.3
     Spokane                  989,760      1,022,879       3.3
     Stevens                   42,850         41,613      -2.9
     Thurston                 435,847        459,757       5.5
     Wahkiakum                  2,407          3,112      29.3
     Walla Walla               92,648         91,657      -1.1
     Whatcom                  374,056        408,235       9.1
     Whitman                   67,141         71,916       7.1
     Yakima                   419,088        440,369       5.1

     TOTAL                $14,163,766    $15,191,009       7.3%
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