The 2013 holiday season was kind to Kitsap retailers, according
to number released Tuesday by the state Department of
Retail trade, which includes traditional stores, dealerships and
online sellers, generated $487,117,141 in taxable sales in October,
November and December. That was a 5 percent improvement over the
fourth quarter of 2012. Car dealers, furniture stores,
sporting goods suppliers and e-commerce, did especially well.
Sales for all industries were up 6.4 percent from 2012, totaling
$895,050,130. Industries showing healthy growth included
manufacturing, construction, information (software, telecom, print
and other media) and restaurants.
Kitsap sales were in step with the rest of Washington, which saw
a 5.8 percent rise in overall sales in the fourth quarter.
The long-term trend is positive for our county. Fourth quarter
retail trade sales have climbed steadily since 2008 and are close
to matching the pre-recession high of $493,353,867 recorded in
Fourth quarter sales in all industries have been on the rise
since 2009 and are also closing in on a 2007 high of
Kitsap also enjoyed a
6 percent rise in third quarter sales last year.
A detailed breakdown of fourth quarter retail sales in Kitsap
for 2012 and 2013 is posted below. Use the zoom or full screen
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