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OLYMPIA – April 4, 2012 – Taxable retail sales increased 4.2 percent to $27.9 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011compared to year-earlier results, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a subset of all sales that counts only retail store sales and excludes other sectors such as construction and services, was up 3.6 percent to $13.3 billion.

Among major industry groups, construction rose 5.8 percent to $4.3 billion; accommodations and food services rose 5.7 percent to $2.9 billion; motor vehicles and parts rose 6.5 percent to $2.6 billion; general merchandise stores was up 0.1 percent to $3.1 billion, and miscellaneous retailers was up 6.9 percent to $1.6 billion.

TRS q-4, 2011

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $10.9 billion 5.3% $4.7 billion 3.5%
Pierce $2.8 billion (-1.4%) $1.5 billion 1.8%
Snohomish $2.7 billion 2.2% $1.5 billion 4.5%
Spokane $1.9 billion 4.1% $954 million 3.0%
Clark $1.1 billion 5.6% $538 million 2.6%

 

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $4.3 billion 9.6% $1.5 billion 4.5%
Bellevue $1.4 billion 5.0% $695 million 3.4%
Tacoma $1.0 billion (-3.2%) $542 million 1.9%
Spokane $978 million 0.0% $495 million 0.5%
Vancouver $652 million 6.1% $305 million 4.7%

 

Results for all counties and selected cities are available here.

Breakdowns of all sales versus retail trade by county and all cities, and a statewide breakdown of sales by all industries are available here.

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