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OLYMPIA, WA – April 4, 2013 – Taxable retail sales increased 5.6 percent to $29.5 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a subset of all sales that excludes non-retail sectors such as construction and services, rose 4.9 percent to $14.0 billion.

Among major industries, construction was up 9.6 percent to $4.7 billion, accommodations and food services increased 7.0 percent to $3.1 billion, motor vehicles and parts rose 10.3 percent to $2.9 billion, and general merchandise stores were up 1.3 percent to $3.1 billion.

Results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
King $11.6 billion 6.6% $4.9 billion 5.3%
Pierce $3.0 billion 7.9% $1.6 billion 5.9%
Snohomish $2.8 billion 6.8% $1.6 billion 6.0%
Spokane $1.9 billion 3.1% $997 million 4.6%
Clark $1.2 billion 5.3% $564 million 4.8%

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales % change Retail trade % change
Seattle $4.6 billion 6.8% $1.5 billion 4.1%
Bellevue $1.4 billion 5.7% $748 million 7.6%
Tacoma $1.1 billion 7.9% $565 million 4.2%
Spokane $1.1 billion 7.4% $523 million 5.6%
Vancouver $678 million 4.1% $316 million 3.6%

Taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, and a breakdown of sales statewide by industries are available at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/newsroom/2013/trs-q42012.aspx.


Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available at http://dor.wa.gov/Content/AboutUs/StatisticsAndReports/2012/qbr412/default.aspx.

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