Douglas merchants have had their best year since 2009, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation.
So far this fiscal year, they’ve brought in $400.2 million, which is 6.3 percent ahead of where taxable sales were last year this time.
February continued the county’s winning streak, despite seeing a substantial decrease in its largest category. Merchants raked in 2.8 percent more in taxable sales compared to the same month last year, totaling $41.46 million.
Food services and drinking places, which account for more than a quarter of the county’s total, were down 9.3 percent from the previous year.
While February was a day shorter than in 2012, the lack of snow during the month contributed to reducing the amount of money spent at Stateline on food and cocktails.
General merchandise stores posted a 16 percent gain over the prior year, posting $6.8 million in what may be the effect of the opening of the Gardnerville Walmart. The same category posted a 51 percent increase in January.
Also on the upswing for February was the county’s third largest category, building materials, which saw a 10.8 percent increase over February 2012.
Merchant wholesalers of durable goods, which saw large increases through 2012, flattened out in February with $2.47 million in sales, up 4.9 percent. Food and beverage sales followed food services and drinking places with a 9.6 percent decrease over February 2012.
The county’s top 10 categories account for more than three-quarters of its total taxable sales, $32.57 million in February.