Douglas sales down 6 percent from 2009 |

Douglas sales down 6 percent from 2009

Tribune News Service

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – Douglas taxable sales for May dropped 6 percent compared to May 2009.

County merchants took in $40.09 million during the month, $2.5 million less than last year.

While still down, it’s less than the 9.1 percent the county is off for the fiscal year, so far.

Food services and drinking places declined 15.2 percent to $7.7 million while general merchandise store sales were off 6.7 percent.

Those are Douglas’ two largest sales tax generators.

Douglas got some help from auto sales in May, which was up 11.3 percent, But auto sales accounted for just $2.2 million.

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Carson merchants also posted a decrease of 5.8 percent. Carson merchants brought in $ 57.5 million in taxable sales for the month, less than the $61.06 million they brought in during May 2009.

Statewide sales tax was down 1.9 percent. Clark County merchants brought in $2.336 billion in taxable sales during May, according to Nevada Department of Taxation numbers issued on Tuesday.