According to a report released by the Washington State Department of Revenue, taxable retail sales in Washington state increased 6.5 percent in 2017, to $155.3 billion.

Taxable retail sales account for all transactions subject to retail sales tax, including sales by retailers and by construction, manufacturing, and other industries. Retail trade sales, a subset of retail sales, include the sale of items like cars and clothing but exclude sales in the services or construction sectors. Retail trade sales increased 5.6 percent in 2017, to $66.7 billion.

Highlights of the 2017 report:

  • Construction sales rose 10.2 percent to $30.9 billion
  • Sales reported by auto dealers increased 5.5 percent to $13.6 billion
  • E-commerce and mail order sales increased 11.1 percent to $3.1 billion
  • Sales reported by drug and health stores increased 12.2 percent to $3 billion
  • Lawn and garden supplies sales increased 14.6 percent to $836 million

Taxable retail sales in Pierce County hit $16.1 billion, an 8.1 percent increase from 2016 to 2017. Sales in Thurston County reached $5.2 billion, a 6.5 percent increase. In Mason County, taxable retail sales rose 4 percent, to $666 million. Lewis County experienced a 7.5 percent increase, to $1.4 million in sales.

South Sound cities that experienced some of the largest increases in taxable retail sales last year include Tacoma (9 percent, $5.5 billion), Bremerton (8.2 percent, $993 million), Gig Harbor (9 percent, $817 million), Tumwater (12.9 percent, $741 million), Sumner (10.3 percent, $662 million), Chehalis (13 percent, $542 million), Bainbridge Island (13 percent, $482 million), Edgewood (21.2 percent, $120 million), Buckley (10.8 percent, $95.1 million) Orting (19 percent, $85.6 million), and Eatonville (11 percent, $40.7 million).