Taxable retail sales increased statewide 3.2 percent to $27.3 billion during the third quarter of 2011 compared to year-earlier results, according to the Department of Revenue. Retail trade, a subset of all sales that counts only retail store sales and excludes other sectors such as construction and services, was up 2.4 percent to $12.2 billion.
Taxable retail sales fell 3.3 percent in Pierce County to $2.7 billion and were off 5.1 percent in Thurston County to $952 million. In Lewis County, taxable retail sales rose 9.4 percent to $276 million. Taxable retail sales in Mason County were up 0.2 percent to $135 million.
Among major industries statewide, construction rose 1.4 percent to $4.4 billion, the first gain for this sector since the first quarter of 2008. Accommodations and food services rose 5.3 percent to $3.5 billion; motor vehicles and parts rose 4.5 percent to $2.6 billion; general merchandise stores dropped 1.2 percent to $1.8 billion, and miscellaneous retailers were up 1 percent to $1.3 billion.
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