While retail sales continued to grow in December, Douglas County didn’t fare so well in other areas, with merchants reporting a 13.4 percent decrease in taxable sales compared to the same month in 2012.
According to figures released today by the Nevada Department of Taxation, it was by far the largest decrease in 2013. The only other month in the year to see a drop was August, down 5.5 percent.
For the first time since the state started collecting sales tax figures, the general merchandise stores category in Douglas County surpassed food service and drinking places.
The retail-related category saw another double digit increase in December, bringing in $11.86 million during the month, 15.5 percent more than December 2012’s $10.27 million.
That helped offset some big losses in the county’s other large categories, including a 30.5 percent plummet in food services and drinking places to $8.3 million. A lack of snow in December affected the Stateline casinos where much of those taxes are raised. December 2012’s big snowstorms helped bring sales tax numbers for that month up to $12 million.
Electronics and appliance stores took over third place in the county’s taxable sales race, bringing in $3.62 million, up 5.6 percent.
Falling back to fourth place was food and beverage stores, which dropped 19.4 percent to $3.6 million.
The county’s recovering building industry continued to grow and so did the building material and garden equipment and supplies category, which grew 108 percent to $2.84 million.
Douglas County’s manufacturing categories took a big hit during December with merchant wholesalers of durable goods dropping to $2.7 million, half of December 2012’s $5.52 million.