It was a merry Christmas at Washington cash registers. Figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Revenue show fourth-quarter retail trade up 5.8 percent from 2009.
Retail sales hit $12.9 billion, compared with $12.2 billion spent in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The Pierce County increase bested all of the state’s more populous counties with a 7.9 percent jump in retail trade. King County marked an increase of 5.9 percent; Snohomish, 6 percent; Spokane, 1.7 percent; and Clark, 6.1 percent.
Pierce County retailers recorded sales of $1.5 billion in the quarter, while King County took in $4.5 billion and Spokane earned $926 million.
Retail trade in Tacoma likewise bested the state’s largest cities with a retail trade increase marking 10.7 percent over the fourth quarter in 2009. Seattle was up 7.5 percent; Bellevue, 2.5 percent; and Spokane down 0.7 percent, according to the department.