Chewelah’s first quarter taxable retail sales came in at $7.6 million — a 9.5 percent increase over the same period one year ago — according to data released earlier this month by the state’s Department of Revenue.
At the same time, taxable retail sales in Colville were virtually unchanged at $41.7 million and sales across all of Stevens County increased 3 percent to $83.7 million.
Washington state’s taxable retail sales grew 8.9 percent in the first three months of 2016, topping $32 billion. Retail trade, which is a subset of all taxable retail sales, rose 5.1 percent to total $13.9 billion.
These figures are part of a quarterly report produced by the Washington State Department of Revenue. The Quarterly Business Review compares the same quarter year-over-year to equalize any seasonal effects that would influence consumer and business spending decisions.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff