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Douglas County merchants have merry Christmas

Staff Reports

Douglas County's wholesalers of durable and nondurable goods had a good holiday season during December, helping to contribute to a 3.2 percent increase in taxable sales over December 2015.

Figures released on Monday revealed Douglas merchants brought in $69.8 million during the month, bringing the tally to $372 million for the first half of the fiscal year, up nearly 7 percent, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation.

The county's largest category — food services and drinking places — had $13.9 million in taxable sales, up 2.7 percent over December 2015.

The category most often associated with holiday shopping — general merchandise stores — saw a 6.5 percent increase to $12.34 million. The category includes both Douglas Walmarts and the Target, among others.

Food and beverage stores, the county's third largest category, saw a 6.4 percent increase to $4 million.

Moving into the fourth highest category with a 34-percent increase over the prior year, merchant wholesalers of durable goods brought in $3.9 million in sales, up nearly $1 million over 2015.

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Douglas County received $1.2 million from the state in sales tax revenue, even though it raised just over $1 million. Douglas is one of eight counties guaranteed a certain amount of revenue by the state.

Stateline casinos saw a nearly 11 percent jump in gaming revenue in January, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The casinos raked in $17.1 million, up from $15.4 million in January 2016. The main source of Douglas gaming revenue, the casinos are up 8 percent since July 1. with $139.6 million.

Revenues at Carson Valley area casinos, which includes Carson City and the East Fork Township, were essentially flat at $7.5 million, down half a point from last year.

Since July 1, the valley casinos brought in $58.9 million up a percent from last year.