August breaks eight-month sales streak |

August breaks eight-month sales streak

Staff Reports

Douglas County saw the first dip in taxable sales since the Gardnerville Walmart opened in January, and only the second negative month in the last year.

According to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation on Monday, county merchants took in $51.9 million in August, down 5.5 percent from the same month in 2012.

That was the first down month since November 2012.

The county’s largest category, food services and drinking places, was up 5.2 percent to $14 million.

General merchandise stores continued to post double-digit increases with 18.2 percent to $8.34 million over August 2012.

But several of the county’s other top categories saw big drops in August.

Building material, garden equipment and supplies saw a 17.6 percent decrease to $4.5 million. Food and beverage stores dropped 21 percent to $2.75 million. Merchant wholesalers of durable goods dropped 19.2 percent to $2.49 million.