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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.

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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.