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Douglas sales strong going into holiday season

Staff Reports

October was a good month for Douglas County merchants, who raked in 6.4 percent taxable sales than the same month in 2012.

According to figures released today by the Nevada Department of Taxation, Douglas County merchants made $48.1 million in taxable sales, up from $45.2 million in October 2012.

For the first third of the year, Douglas is ahead 2.8 percent with $213.2 million in sales.

The increase comes despite a 3.7 percent drop in the county’s largest category, food services and drinking places, to $8.9 million.

The county’s second largest category, general merchandise stores increased by nearly 20 percent over last year, bringing in $7.5 million during the month. Large year over year increases have been recorded in this sector since the opening of the Gardnerville Walmart in January.

Building materials and garden equipment and supplies saw a jump to 5 million during October, up 8.8 percent.

Food and beverage stores saw a 13.9 percent decrease to $2.5 million, while electronics and appliance stores saw a 37.3 percent increase to $2.3 million during the month.

A strong category last year, merchant wholesalers of durable goods saw a 32 percent decrease to $2.45 million. Meanwhile, miscellaneous manufacturing saw a 268 percent increase to $2 million.

Statewide taxable sales were up 6.1 percent at $3.8 billion. Seven counties experienced decreases, including mining counties Lander and Elko. Lander County saw a 35.4 percent decrease in taxable sales from $40 million to $25.9 million. Elko County dropped from $155.4 million in 2012 to $120 million, a 22.6 percent decrease.