Taxable sales up again for January |

Taxable sales up again for January

Geoff Dornan

CARSON CITY – Taxable sales increased 11.9 percent in January to a total of more than $3.6 billion.

That mirrors the state’s 11.6 percent increase for the first seven months of the fiscal year.

Statewide, the construction industry was the driving force behind the growth. Building materials and hardware sales were up 30.5 percent and construction special trade sales are up 38.5 percent compared to January 2005.

Like the state as a whole, Carson City did well with a 9.4 percent increase compared to a year ago. That increase came despite the fact sales in the capital city’s biggest taxable sales category – automotive sales and gasoline – were down a full 5 percent to $22.1 million. That decline was offset by the new Wal-Mart which helped boost retail sales 46 percent to more than $11 million.

Total taxable sales in the capital district were $73.7 million.

Douglas County, however, was up a scant 1.2 percent for January to $58.7 million. Douglas’s numbers have tapered off this year after several years of double-digit increases as a series of major retail outlets opened at the county’s northern border. For January, general merchandise stores were down 19 percent and auto sales and gasoline off more than 27 percent. Those declines were offset by solid gains in construction categories and a near 4 percent increase in taxable sales from eating and drinking places – which is Douglas’s largest category accounting for nearly a quarter of its total taxable sales.

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Tiny Storey County turned in a 36.4 percent overall increase for January. Total taxable sales there were just more than $4 million.

Much of the increase was in categories related to the continuing construction at the industrial park along Interstate 80.