Quarterly Business Review

Fourth Quarter 1997

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                          TABLE 3-A

             COUNTY TAXABLE RETAIL SALES COMPARING
             4TH QUARTER, 1996 TO 4TH QUARTER, 1997
                            ($000)
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                                                                   Percent
County         4th Quarter, 1996        4th Quarter, 1997          Change
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Adams		$     38,080	        $     34,800	            -8.6%
Asotin		      31,727	              33,472	             5.5
Benton		     365,957	             384,441	             5.1
Chelan		     207,628	             243,936	            17.5
Clallam		     136,699	             158,097	            15.7
Clark		     741,715	             809,828	             9.2
Columbia	       7,296	               5,936	           -18.6
Cowlitz		     243,433	             256,162	             5.2
Douglas		      58,921	              65,700	            11.5
Ferry		       9,472	               9,065	            -4.3
Franklin	     125,800	             137,362	             9.2
Garfield	       3,325	               4,401	            32.4
Grant		     164,669	             178,980	             8.7
Grays Harbor	     150,977	             153,937	             2.0
Island		     106,325	             116,477	             9.5
Jefferson	      52,795	              59,623	            12.9
King		   7,095,330	           7,938,069	            11.9
Kitsap		     490,960	             536,874	             9.4
Kittitas	     100,977	              91,517	            -9.4
Klickitat	      26,402	              30,120	            14.1
Lewis		     201,381	             195,151	            -3.1
Lincoln		      18,663	              16,899	            -9.5
Mason		      69,303	              76,565	            10.5
Okanogan	      76,416	              77,035	             0.8
Pacific		      33,221	              31,504	            -5.2
Pend Oreille	      17,571	              15,212	           -13.4
Pierce		   1,629,087	           1,782,362	             9.4
San Juan	      41,315	              48,584	            17.6
Skagit		     306,109	             342,451	            11.9
Skamania	      12,957	              12,522	            -3.4
Snohomish	   1,530,467	           1,746,334	            14.1
Spokane		   1,238,530	           1,299,464	             4.9
Stevens		      61,905	              71,199	            15.0
Thurston	     521,325	             538,779	             3.3
Wahkiakum	       3,886	               3,395	           -12.6
Walla Walla	     109,078	             108,265	            -0.7
Whatcom		     455,651	             503,943	            10.6
Whitman		      84,796	              82,330	            -2.9
Yakima		     513,806	             568,942	            10.7

TOTAL		 $17,083,955	         $18,769,733	             9.9%
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