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Olympia, Wash., July 8, 2011 — Taxable retail sales increased 1.5 percent to $23 billion during the first quarter of 2011 over year-earlier results, the Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade increased 4.2 percent to $10.7 billion compared to the first quarter of 2010. Retail trade is a subset of all taxable retail sales that includes retailers but excludes other industries such as services and construction. 

Among major industries, the construction sector was down 9.8 percent to $3.2 billion, but sales by new and used car dealers jumped 11.9 percent to $1.9 billion. Accommodations and food services rose 4.6 percent to $2.6 billion, while building materials, garden equipment and supplies sales dropped 8.6 percent to $842 million.  Despite positive numbers in most retail sectors, sales by general merchandise stores dropped 0.3 percent to $2.2 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $9.0 billion  2.2% $3.7 billion 5.5%
Pierce $2.4 billion  1.5% $1.3 billion 5.6%
Snohomish $2.2 billion (1.7)% $1.1 billion 3.3%
Spokane $1.5 billion (0.4)% $764 million 0.9%
Clark $928 million  1.3% $432 million 2.6%


Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $3.5 billion  3.2% $1.2 billion 6.0%
Bellevue $1.1 billion (2.0)% $514 million 1.8%
Tacoma $910 million  5.7% $462 million 7.4%
Spokane $814 million (1.9)% $400 million (2.3)%
Vancouver $547 million  3.8% $244 million 4.2%

Taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, and a breakdown of sales statewide by industries are available here.
Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available here.

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