CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 9 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago, as consumers spent more on construction projects, wining, dining and home furnishings, the Department of Taxation reported Monday.
Merchants statewide sold $4 billion of taxable goods in September, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier. The state collected $318.6 million in sales and use taxes based on the latest sales, with collections up 8.8 percent.
In Clark County, sales totaled $2.97 billion, up 10.5 percent over September 2012, when sales were $2.69 billion. Washoe County in northern Nevada saw an increase of 10.7 percent in activity, with sales totaling $541.3 million, up from $489 million in the same month last year.
Ten of Nevada's 17 counties saw higher taxable sales in September, with Churchill, Elko, Esmeralda, Lander, Lincoln, Pershing and White Pine counties being the exceptions.
Several sectors saw double-digit gains.
Sales at bars and restaurants, a key indicator of Nevada's vital tourism industry, rose 17.6 percent, while miscellaneous manufacturing saw a 41.6 percent gain, the report said.
Vehicle and parts sales rose 5 percent and home furnishings climbed 8.6 percent.
Nevada's beleaguered construction industry, which was hammered during the recession and housing market meltdown, saw sales increase 16.6 percent.