The state Department of Revenue reported first quarter taxable retail sales for the year that were 8.9 percent higher than last year, topping $32 billion. 

Retail trade, which is a subset of all taxable retail sales, rose 5.1 percent to reach $13.9 billion.

Pierce County remains the second-largest marketplace in the state at $3.36 billion, up 8.7 percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to last year. Thurston County had a gain of 8.6 percent year-over-year, reporting $1.1 billion in taxable retail sales. Tacoma remains third on the list of cities, with $1.14 billion, up 8.2 percent from 2015.

New and used auto dealers together accounted for $3 billion in sales, up by 9.7 percent. A much smaller sector, drug and health stores, reported sales rose by 18.4 percent.

DOR’s website provides full details on taxable retail sales by city, county and industry. You can reach that at this link.