Taxable retail sales up statewide; Tacoma sales up 6.8 percent

Taxable retail sales in Washington rose 7.7 percent in the final quarter of 2015, the State Department of Revenue announced Thursday.

Retail trade, a portion of all taxable retail sales, rose 4.7 percent to a total of $16.2 billion for the quarter.

All results compare the fourth quarter of 2015 against the same quarter the year before. Among the data released:

▪  Sales reported by new and used car dealers increased 9.5 percent, reaching $3 billion.

▪  Sales of apparel and accessories rose 0.65 percent, reaching $1.3 billion.

▪  Drug and health store sales rose 19.8 percent to $623 million.

▪  Taxable e-commerce and mail order sales rose 10.3 percent to $786 million.

▪  King County saw the state’s highest level of taxable retail sales at $14.74 billion, up 10 percent. Pierce County followed at $3.64 billion, up 9.4 percent. In Thurston County, total sales of $1.19 billion represented an increase of 6.9 percent.

▪  Seattle led cities in the state with taxable retail sales of $5.96 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent. Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver followed with increases of 9, 6.8, 2.8 and 12.8 percent respectively.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535