Retail sales picked up across Kitsap in 2013

Some are still digging out from the recession, some are reaching new heights, but all Kitsap cities reported growth in retail sales last year.

The chart below shows total taxable sales by year, as reported to the state Department of Revenue, which released fresh figures from 2013 last week.

These sales include stores, along with many services, and industries like construction and hospitality. Wave your pointer over the lines to see exact values:

Growth was rampant in Port Orchard, which posted 17 percent gain in sales between 2012 and 2013. Bremerton recorded the slowest growth but is still trending upward.

The Department of Revenue also broke out retail trade statistics for 2012 and 2013. Retail trade includes stores, dealerships and online sellers and excludes services and industries like construction.

Here’s a look at just retail trade sales by city:

Total taxable sales in unincorporated Kitsap are finally rebounding, reaching $1,484,550,187 in 2013. That was still well under the peak of $1,753,263,423 in 2007.

Here are numbers for both total taxable sales and retail trade for 2012 and 2013:

Kitsap saw retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 that rivaled pre-recession levels.

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