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OLYMPIA – Dec. 11, 2013 – Taxable retail sales statewide in the second quarter of 2013 jumped 8.3 percent over the same period in 2012, according to a report released by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Total taxable retail sales between April 1 and June 30, 2013 reached $29 billion.

Retail trade during this year’s second quarter hit $13.1 billion, a 7.3 percent increase from the second quarter of 2012. Retail trade is a subset of total taxable retail sales, which includes retailers but excludes industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and construction.

Taxable sales rose in most categories in the second quarter:

  • Construction increased to $4.7 billion (18.6 percent)
  • New and used car sales hit $2.5 billion (13.6 percent)
  • E-commerce and mail order purchases rose to $374.0 million (22.1 percent)
  • Building materials, garden equipment and supplies grew to $1.5 billion (12.2 percent)
  • General merchandise stores tallied $2.4 billion (2.9 percent)
  • Accommodations and food services reached $3.4 billion (6.1 percent)


Taxable retail sales have nearly recovered to second quarter 2008 levels, when they last topped $29 billion dollars.

Second quarter 2013 results for the most populous counties:

  Taxable retail sales Percent change Retail trade Percent change
King $11.3 billion 7.1 $4.5 billion 6.0
Pierce $3 billion 10.6 $1.6 billion 9.6
Snohomish $2.7 billion 8.3 $1.4 billion 7.0
Spokane $1.9 billion 8.3 $962 million 9.0
Clark $1.2 billion 9.7 $550 million 8.8

Results for cities with the most sales:

  Taxable retail sales Percent change Retail trade Percent change
Seattle $4.5 billion 6.2 $1.4 billion 5.4
Bellevue $1.3 billion 1.5 $634 million -0.2
Tacoma $1.1 billion 5.9 $517 million 2.3
Spokane $1.0 billion 6.8 $480 million 6.1
Vancouver $682 million 9.6 $305 million 11.6


More detailed information about taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, as well as a breakdown of sales statewide by major industry, are posted on Revenue’s Quarterly Business Review page.

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