Third quarter retail sales up from 2012


Taxable retail sales in Kitsap County for the third quarter of 2013 were up 6 percent compared to 2012.

A total of $865 million in taxable sales were made in the county in July, August and September, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue. That included $455 million from retail trade, a gain of 5 percent from the third quarter of 2012. Retail trade includes businesses like auto dealerships, stores and online sellers.

Statewide, third quarter taxable retail sales were up 7.6 percent from 2012 to 2013. Numbers from auto dealers and the construction industry were especially strong.

“The increase in taxable retail sales was driven by auto sales and new construction,” Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson said in a news release. “This increase in spending shows that consumer confidence in Washington continues to improve and is at its highest level since the Great Recession.”

In Kitsap, sales of motor vehicles and parts rose from $101 million in the third quarter of 2012 to nearly $109 million in 2013. Taxable sales from the construction industry jumped $109 million to $125 million in 2013.

A breakdown of third quarter taxable sales for Kitsap is posted below with a comparison to 2012:

Kitsap Taxable Sales Q3 by tsooter

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