Taxable sales up in Douglas County |

Taxable sales up in Douglas County

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.