A 25.2 percent increase in Carson City's largest sales tax generator - car sales - was offset by a 30 percent decrease in general merchandise stores in March.
The two effectively canceled each other out, leaving Carson's taxable sales up 3.8 percent.
Car sales finished up $3.6 million to $17.6 million. General merchandise stores finished down $4.3 million at just over $10 million.
But increases in several other categories such as specialty trade contractors -up 81 percent to $1.5 million - helped Carson finish ahead of March 2011.
Businesses reported a total of $64.5 million in taxable sales.
Statewide taxable …