Stateline brings Douglas from brink |

Stateline brings Douglas from brink

Staff Reports

Snow continued to equal gaming win at the Stateline casinos, which posted a fourth month in the black during February.

According to figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the casinos raked in a total of $16.17 million, up 3.84 percent from February 2015.

Despite being up through skiing season, the casinos are still down 5.46 percent for the fiscal year, which started in July.

Despite a strong start to the year, Douglas County merchants posted a slight loss in January.

The largest taxable sales category in the county, food services and drinking places, was up 13.3 percent to $13.37 million.

Affected in large part by the Stateline casinos, and an improved snow supply, the category is up by 16.5 percent for the year.

The county’s second highest category, general merchandise stores, brought in $6.46 million, slightly more than the same month in 2015.

The county’s third largest category, merchant wholesalers of durable goods, also had a good month, posting a 10.9 percent increase to $2.8 million. Food and beverage stores brought in $2.5 million, up a fraction of a percent over last year.

Several middling categories were down during the month, including motor vehicle and parts dealers, which had $2.3 million in sales, down 14.4 percent. Electronic and appliance stores had $1.7 million in taxable sales in January 2016, down 16.2 percent.