Douglas taxable sales drop in January |

Douglas taxable sales drop in January

Staff Reports

Douglas County experienced a 3.2 percent decrease in taxable sales during the month of January, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation.

County merchants rang up $38.2 million in taxable sales, down from $39.5 million in January 2011.

However, the county’s taxable sales for the fiscal year, which started July 1, 2011, continues ahead by 4.1 percent.

The county largest sector, food service and drinking places, posted an 11 percent decrease to $9.88 million during the month. General merchandise stores, which are the second largest sector with $5.36 million in sales, saw a 5.4 percent decrease. The third largest category, building material, and garden equipment raked in $3.2 million, up 11.8 percent from January 2011.

Rounding out the top five, food and beverage stores sales were up 1.7 percent to $2.5 million, and electronics and appliance stores were down 12.3 percent to $1.97 million.

The largest increase for a large category was motor vehicle and parts dealers, who were up 23.3 percent to $1.95 million.

One category that has been pushing Douglas ahead, merchant wholesalers of durable goods posted a decrease of 3.1 percent to $1.6 million.