What’s good for the economy has been good for the tax collector.
The State Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that businesses in Washington reported $135 billion in taxable retail sales in 2015, an increase of 8.4 percent over 2014.
Sales in the retail trade sector rose 5.9 percent to nearly $60 billion, the department reported, while the construction sector was up “significantly” with $24.5 billion in taxable sales.
Among other data released Wednesday:
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▪ Sales of vehicles, parts and auto services rose 10.7 percent in 2015 to $14.9 billion.
▪ New building construction contributed $13.8 billion to the overall $24.5 billion in construction sector taxable sales.
▪ Accommodations and food services were up 9.1 percent to $15.7 billion.
▪ In Pierce County, fourth quarter 2015 taxable retail sales of $3.64 billion were up 9.4 percent over the same quarter in 2014.
▪ In Thurston County, fourth quarter 2015 taxable retail sales of $1.19 billion were up 6.9 percent.
▪ For selected cities, only in Aberdeen, Omak, Pullman and Yakima did taxable retail sales decline in the fourth quarter as compared with the same quarter in 2014.
▪ For South Sound cities, sales were up by 25.1 percent in Fife; 5.9 percent in Olympia; 8.6 percent in Puyallup and 6.8 percent in Tacoma.
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