Quarterly Business Review

3rd Quarter, 1997

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TABLE 3-A

COUNTY TAXABLE RETAIL SALES COMPARING

3RD QUARTER, 1996 TO 3RD QUARTER, 1997

($000)

                                                                           
                                                                    Percent
     County            3rd Quarter, 1996     3rd Quarter, 1997      Change 

     Adams               $     43,114       $     40,871             -5.2%
     Asotin                    32,243             34,229              6.2
     Benton                   337,614            360,575              6.8
     Chelan                   229,148            252,644             10.3
     Clallam                  152,983            168,103              9.9
     Clark                    722,356            775,738              7.4
     Columbia                   6,241              5,775             -7.5
     Cowlitz                  241,220            248,311              2.9
     Douglas                   59,169             64,765              9.5
     Ferry                     11,334             11,138             -1.7
     Franklin                 138,609            147,620              6.5
     Garfield                   3,790              3,824              0.9
     Grant                    184,314            195,764              6.2
     Grays Harbor             161,228            168,169              4.3
     Island                   108,709            118,905              9.4
     Jefferson                 60,217             66,318             10.1
     King                   6,862,419          7,520,529              9.6
     Kitsap                   483,553            511,798              5.8
     Kittitas                 101,101            108,278              7.1
     Klickitat                 27,061             35,294             30.4
     Lewis                    191,051            202,759              6.1
     Lincoln                   22,792             20,313            -10.9
     Mason                     75,758             75,696             -0.1
     Okanogan                  86,495             88,775              2.6
     Pacific                   42,779             44,409              3.8
     Pend Oreille              17,350             17,007             -2.0
     Pierce                 1,603,278          1,715,482              7.0
     San Juan                  61,766             69,327             12.2
     Skagit                   314,395            350,905             11.6
     Skamania                  16,851             15,701             -6.8
     Snohomish              1,424,505          1,673,160             17.5
     Spokane                1,204,889          1,269,938              5.4
     Stevens                   57,786             66,435             15.0
     Thurston                 505,355            529,822              4.8
     Wahkiakum                  3,467              3,743              8.0
     Walla Walla              105,796            108,409              2.5
     Whatcom                  465,129            505,034              8.6
     Whitman                   92,444             96,444              4.3
     Yakima                   517,255            562,997              8.8

     TOTAL                $16,775,564        $18,255,004              8.8%
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