Figures released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue showed that taxes from retail sales, which make up nearly half of the $109 billion in taxable sales, rose about 5.3 percent. Mike Gowrylow, a department spokesman, said the drop in consumer-driven retail sales tax revenue bottomed out in 2011 and showed increases in all quarters of 2012. But “it’s not like a big boom,” he added.
Total sales were still well below the nearly $119 billion collected in 2007.
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Sales on which taxes are collected in other parts of the economy showed higher gains, with a 6.3 percent increase for taxes on food and accommodations, 7.6 percent increase on construction and 11.6 percent increases on motor vehicles and parts. The department tracks those sectors separately.
King and Snohomish counties showed the largest growth in sales tax collections of the most populous areas, while
But the tax numbers do show the construction industry was not recovering as quickly in
(Editor's note: This story has been clarified to make clear that the dollar amounts reported are the taxable sales, not the amount of taxes collected.)