Santa brings the December sales |

Santa brings the December sales

Staff Reports

Santa was kind to Douglas County merchants who rang up an 8.8 percent increase in taxable sales for December.

Douglas County posted $58 million in taxable sales during December, up from $53.3 million in December 2010. That puts the county’s total taxable sales up 5.2 percent so far for the fiscal year, which began July 1.

The county’s usual big category, food services and drinking places posted a 7.1 percent gain compared to the same month a year ago with $11.2 million in taxable sales.

The second largest category, general merchandise stores, had $10.2 million, or 2.9 percent over last year.

Merchant wholesalers of durable goods saw their sales double in December, rising from $2.07 million in 2010 to $4.2 million this year.

Building material and garden equipment saw a 10.4 percent increase over 2010, in part due to the mild weather during the month. Food and beverage stores saw a 2.2 percent increase to $3.7 million.

A category traditionally up for the holidays, electronics and appliance stores saw a 6.7 percent decrease to $4.14 million.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers saw a 30.5 percent increase to $1.9 million over $1.48 million in 2010.

Statewide, Nevada saw a 3.8 percent increase in taxable sales compared to December 2010. The state is running 7.5 percent ahead of 2010 so far this fiscal year.

Food Services and drinking places $11.2 million up 7.1 percent

General merchandise stores $10.22 million up 2.9 percent

Merchant wholesalers, durable goods $4.2 million up 103.1 percent

Electronics and appliance stores $4.1 million down 6.7 percent

Food and beverage stores $3.7 million up 2.2 percent

Building materials $3 million up 10.4 percent

Clothing and clothing accessories $2.4 million down 2.9 percent

Furniture and home furnishings $2 million up 3.9 percent

Motor vehicle and parts dealers $1.9 million up 30.5 percent

Sporting goods, hobby, book, music $1.8 million down 29 percent