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Nevada taxable sales fall 8.1 percent in January

Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Taxable sales in Nevada fell 8.1 percent in January compared with the same month a year ago, marking the 15th straight month of declines.

The report released Tuesday by the state Department of Taxation, however, shows the rate of decline has eased, with some sectors reporting gains.

Sales of accommodations posted a 14 percent increase. Clothing and accessories were up 5 percent.

But the construction industry continues to suffer in the recession, with sales down 57.4 percent.

Nevada’s two biggest counties also posted declines. Sales fell 8.3 percent in Clark County and 4.8 percent in Washoe County.

Statewide, merchants in January sold $2.8 billion in goods, on which the state collected gross revenue of $220 million. Collections were down 3.3 percent from January.