Thurston County retail sales growth slows in Q3

Staff writerFebruary 4, 2014 

Thurston County retail sales growth slowed in the third quarter of last year, following two quarters in which the county showed back-to-back improvement in retail sales.

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Thurston County retail sales growth slowed in the third quarter of last year, following two quarters in which the county showed back-to-back improvement in retail sales.

Retail sales rose 5 percent in the first quarter, 6 percent in the second quarter, but rose about 2.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue.

Here's the third quarter retail sales data for the county and its largest cities in the year-over-year third quarter period:

-Thurston County: Rose 2.51 percent to $1.01 billion from $987.9 million.

-Olympia: Rose 3.34 percent to $452.2 million from $437.6 million.

-Lacey: Fell 1.20 percent to $235.4 million from $238.3 million.

-Tumwater: Fell 6.03 percent to $121.9 million from $129.8 million.

-Yelm: Rose 15.6 percent to $47.3 million from $40.9 million.

The state Department of Revenue also releases data on a separate category of retail sales called "retail trade," which is considered a better reflection of consumer purchases.

-Thurston County: Rose 1.63 percent to $529.1 million from $520.6 million.

-Olympia: Rose 2.12 percent to $236.9 million from $232 million.

-Lacey: Rose 1.03 percent to $141.5 million from $140.1 million.

-Tumwater: Fell 10.67 percent to $67.2 million from $75.2 million.

-Yelm: Rose 9.34 percent to $26.3 million from $24 million.

Note: Due to rounding, percentage change figures might be different from those released by the state.


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Rolf Boone rboone@theolympian.com 360-754-5403

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