September taxable sales up 10 percent in Carson City
Taxable sales increased 7 percent statewide in September to $4.76 billion.
Carson City did even better, reporting $88.4 million — a 10.3 percent increase over the same month of 2015.
In Carson, the primary drivers were a 15.8 percent increase in auto sales to $25.9 million and a 22 percent increase in building material sales to $10.4 million. The other major category in the city, General Merchandise Stores, also did well, posting a 6.6 percent increase to $11.9 million.
For the first quarter of the fiscal year, Carson is up 9 percent overall with total taxable sales of $260.77 million.;
Churchill County reported total sales of $25.6 million in September. That’s a 32.2 percent jump from September 2015. The Utilities category rose nearly 320 percent to $1.27 million and Specialty Trade Contractors 173 percent to $1.453 million. But as of the end of the first quarter, Churchill was up just 1.3 percent at $68.2 million.
Douglas County was essentially flat for the month at $62.5 million. That’s 1.9 percent more than a year ago. The problem was in Douglas’s biggest taxable sales generator, Food Services and Drinking Places — primarily the south shore casino resorts at Lake Tahoe. That category fell 13.5 percent to a bit under $15.4 million. Auto sales tried to help out, posting a 55 percent increase but, in Douglas, that isn’t a major category. Auto sales totaled $4.1 million in September
Lyon County had an excellent month, growing taxable sales 22.2 percent to $38.4 million.
Storey County, which depends almost entirely on sales reported at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno, reported $65.4 million in September, a 243 percent increase over the $19 million reported a year ago.
Washoe County had a solid 11.4 percent increase to $705.7 million. For the quarter, Washoe is up 9 percent to a bit more than $2 billion in taxable sales.
At $3.46 billion, Clark County was up 4.7 percent for the month.
Only two of Nevada’s 17 counties reported a decrease for the month, just 4.1 percent in Humboldt County but a whopping 20.6 percent in Esmeralda. Motor vehicle sales there plummeted 64 percent to just $71,000 and wholesale durable goods 67 percent to $76,338. Total sales for Esmeralda finished the month at $1.13 million.