Thanks in part to a boost in construction and lawn and garden supplies and equipment sales, taxable retail sales in Washington reached $37.6 billion in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report released by the state. That’s a 10.3 percent increase over the same period last year.
Taxable retail sales include transactions subject to retail sales tax, such as sales by retailers, the construction industry, and the manufacturing industry.
Highlights from the report:
- Construction sales increased 11.1 percent, reaching $7.4 billion
- Sales reported by new and used auto dealers increased 2.2 percent to $3.3 billion
- Sales at drug and health stores rose 9.1 percent to $733 million
- Lawn and garden supplies and equipment increased 13.7 percent, reaching $186 million
Several individual counties saw significant increases in taxable retail sales, including Kitsap (14.8 percent, $1.1 billion), Lewis (13.4 percent, $39.4 million), Pierce (10.4 percent, $4 billion), Thurston (9.4 percent, $1.3 billion), and Mason (9.8 percent, 13.9 million).
Cities that experienced a boost in sales include Tacoma (9.4 percent, $1.4 billion), Renton (6.3 percent, $706 million), and Puyallup (9.3 percent, $598 million).