Douglas posts first big February sales increase in years |

Douglas posts first big February sales increase in years

Kurt Hildebrand

MINDEN, Nev. – February showed the first increase in taxable sales over January since 2008, and posted a 9.9 percent increase over February 2011.

According to information released by the Nevada Department of Taxation, county merchants took in $40.34 million during the month. That’s compared to $36.7 million merchants collected during February 2011.

Taxable sales for January were $38.2 million, down from $39.5 million in January 2011. The last three years showed a decrease in taxable sales from January to February.

The county largest sector, food service and drinking places, posted a 25.9 percent increase from $9.7 million to $12.24 million.

General merchandise stores, which are the second largest sector with $5.86 million in sales, with a 4.2 percent increase. The third largest category, building material and garden equipment raked in $2.5 million, up 22.1 percent from February 2011.

Rounding out the top five, food and beverage stores sales were up 13.8 percent to $2.7 million, and electronics and appliance stores were down 1.1 percent to $2.2 million.

The largest increase for a large category was merchant wholesalers of durable goods which rose 59.3 percent to $2.36 million.

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