OLYMPIA – Nov. 9, 2016 – Washington state's taxable retail sales reached $36.8 billion in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 8.6 percent over the same quarter (April - June) in 2015. Retail trade, which is a subset of all taxable retail sales, rose nearly 5.2 percent to a total of $15.8 billion.
These figures are part of a quarterly report released today by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The Quarterly Business Review compares the same quarter year-over-year to equalize any seasonal effects that would influence consumer and business spending decisions.
Statewide snapshot of taxable retail sales activity
- Taxable e-commerce and mail order sales increased 14.6 percent to $638 million.*
- Drug and health stores' sales rose 13.6 percent, reaching $633 million.
- Sales reported by RV, boat and motorcycle dealers jumped 10.2 percent, reaching $491 million.
- New and used auto dealers' sales rose 8.5 percent to $3.24 billion.
- Department store retail sales dropped 2 percent, marking $687 million for the quarter.
Highest taxable retail sales - top 10 counties
|Taxable retail sales||Percent change||Retail trade||Percent change|
|King||$15.10 billion||11.1||$5.32 billion||3.8|
|Pierce||$3.68 billion||6.2||$1.89 billion||6.6|
|Snohomish||$3.39 billion||7.9||$1.79 billion||7.0|
|Spokane||$2.29 billion||6.5||$1.14 billion||5.3|
|Clark||$1.63 billion||9.3||$722 million||7.3|
|Thurston||$1.24 billion||7.9||$610 million||4.3|
|Kitsap||$1.03 billion||7.3||$550 million||7.4|
|Yakima||$980 million||6.1||$450 million||5.2|
|Benton||$979 million||3.7||$479 million||3.1|
|Whatcom||$967 million||4.8||$433 million||5.2|
Highest taxable retail sales - top 10 cities
|Taxable retail sales||Retail trade||Percent change|
|Seattle||$6.13 billion||9.6||$1.70 billion||3.8|
|Bellevue||$1.81 billion||11.0||$724 million||3.2|
|Tacoma||$1.22 billion||6.2||$602 million||4.5|
|Spokane||$1.20 billion||5.3||$548 million||3.4|
|Vancouver||$926 million||7.0||$415 million||6.7|
|Redmond||$814 million||37.6||$235 million||7.5|
|Renton||$723 million||13.4||$359 million||4.7|
|Everett||$698 million||3.8||$344 million||7.3|
|Bellingham||$626 million||5.4||$326 million||0.9|
|Lynnwood||$620 million||11.4||$395 million||8.4|
Accessing more results by city or county
Check Revenue’s Statistics and reports page for additional detail about taxable retail sales by city, county and industry: Quarterly business review 2016.
Understanding how businesses are classified
Revenue uses business tax return data to create this quarterly report. Businesses are categorized under the U.S. Census Bureau’s classification system based on their primary taxable activity. The North American Industry Classification System - or NAICS - is the same method federal statistical agencies use for the purpose of analyzing economic data.
*The taxable retail sales reported in the e-commerce and mail order category do not necessarily include online sales made by businesses with a bricks-and-mortar presence. Businesses categorized by this NAICS code identify their primary activity as online or mail order sales.
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