Douglas sales keep rising |

Douglas sales keep rising

Kurt Hildebrand

Kurt HildebrandDouglas County's taxable sales have been climbing so far in 2012.

Douglas County merchants took in an 11.2 percent increase in taxable sales in September, according to information released by the Nevada Department of Taxation on Thursday.

Douglas had $54.5 million in taxable sales during the month, a more than $5 million increase over September 2011.

Taxable sales figures are typically released two months after they are collected.

This is the second month in a row with double digit increases in sales taxes. In August, taxable sales climbed 10.7 percent to $54.9 million. September was also the first month to see a decrease in sales tax collection since April. September saw taxable sales climb past September 2008 when taxable sales were $54.34 million.

So far county merchants have collected 7.3 percent more than in the previous fiscal year.

Nearly a quarter of the county’s taxable sales are collected at its food service and drinking places, which saw a 6.9 percent increase over the month to $12.7 million. General merchandise stores were flat with $6.4 million in September.

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Building material and garden equipment doubled down during September, bringing in $4.1 million during the month, a 92.6 percent increase over the previous year.

Merchant wholesalers of durable goods brought in $3.6 million during the month, a 44.4 percent increase over September 2011.

Food and beverage sales saw an 8.2 percent increase to $3.16 million for the month.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers brought in $3.13 million, a 55 percent increase over the previous year.

Carson City taxable sales were essentially flat in September, showing a .5 percent increase in the month.

Statewide, merchants brought in $3.73 billion during the month, up from $3.58 billion in 2011.

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