Douglas merchants post strong July |

Douglas merchants post strong July

Staff Reports

Douglas County merchants posted strong gains in July with taxable sales growing 6.6 percent, according to information released by the Nevada Department of Taxation on Thursday.

Merchants reported $56.25 million in taxable sales up from $52.7 million in July 2012.

The county’s largest category, food services and drinking places grew 7 percent to $15.67 million.

General merchandise stores grew 18.1 percent to $7.9 million, a trend that started with the opening of the county’s second Walmart. The third largest category, building material and garden equipment and supplies grew 3.3 percent to $5.36 million.

Merchant wholesalers of durable goods saw a 33 percent jump over last year to $3.88 million during the month.

Not all the news was glowing, as food and beverage stores took an 11 percent hit, dropping to $3.1 million.