Douglas taxable sales up 1.7 percent |

Douglas taxable sales up 1.7 percent

Record-Courier staff report

Douglas County merchants posted a slight increase in sales during February despite lower showings among four of the top five categories.

Merchants in the county posted a 1.7 percent gain during the month with $42.1 million, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation on Tuesday.

While the county’s two largest categories general merchandise stores and food services and drinking places posted declines, smaller categories made up the difference.

According to the state, food services and drinking places were down 5.1 percent during the month to $10.5 million, reflecting a lack of snow at Lake Tahoe.

General merchandise stores were off 6.4 percent with $6.3 million reflecting the first full month the Gardnerville Walmart was open in 2013.

The only positive in the top five, building materials, garden equipment and supplies, was up 14.5 percent, climbing into the third largest category with $3.17 million.

Food and beverage stores came in lower, down 4.4 percent to $2.3 million and merchant wholesalers of durable goods came in 16 percent lower with $2 million.

Rental and leasing services was the largest category with a big increase over last year. That saw a 52.8 percent increase to $1.59 million. Nonstore retailers posted a 102 percent to $1.2 million.

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