Retail sales continued to climb in 2014

shoopersWe now have retail sales data for the first three quarters of 2014, and the numbers are looking good.

Taxable sales across all industries were 7.5 percent higher during the third quarter of 2014 than during the same months of 2013, according to a report from the Department of Revenue.

Retail trade sales (sales made by traditional stores, dealerships, online sellers, etc.) were up by 5.7 percent.

This was the first quarter taxable sales for recreational marijuana were included in DOR’s report. Those totaled about $1.5 million in Kitsap for all of 2014.

We’ll find out how retailers faired during the holiday season, and 2014 as a whole, when fourth quarter numbers are released this summer.

Here are charts showing sales over the first three quarters of 2014, as well as longterm sales trends in the county:

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