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  • Taxable retail sales increase in 2015

    Washington state revenue officials say taxable retail sales in 2015 topped $135 billion. That was an 8.4 percent increase over 2014.


  • Millwood gets big marijuana tax reimbursement

    Millwood, a suburb of roughly 1,800 residents, recently got its first check from Washington state as a reimbursement of marijuana tax revenue.


  • July pot sales end hot streak

    Marijuana sales in Spokane County dipped in July, the first drop in month-to-month retail receipts since the drug became legal. The county’s 15 shops sold $3.8 million worth of marijuana …


  • Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County top $1 million last month

    Consumers spent $1 million last month on legal marijuana in Spokane County, the first time recreational sales eclipsed that mark since shops opened this summer. While market shares have tumbled …


  • Washington marijuana sales top $5.1 million in August

    Recreational marijuana sales are soaring in August, thanks in part to a big Friday that came in the midst of several large-scale marijuana events in Western Washington. According to sales …


  • Long lines, high prices as legal pot shop opens in Spokane

    A cross-country road trip landed New Hampshire natives Steve and Tricia Goyette in north Spokane just hours before the city’s first recreational marijuana store let in its first customers Tuesday. …


  • Smart spending: Wise shoppers wait for post-holiday bargains

    It’s December, the malls are bustling and “Sale” signs are everywhere. Good time to grab the deals? Not so fast. Savvy shoppers should realize that some items are actually a …


  • Small Talk: Recovery sparks increase in small-business sales

    Sales of small businesses are finally making big gains. Fred Barkman, who last year bought Spectra Laboratories, a company that tests land and water for toxins, is in the process …


  • Warnings of slower sales sends Dow down 200 points

    NEW YORK — Warnings of weaker sales from big companies and a jump in long-term interest rates drove the stock market lower early Thursday.


  • Chrysler’s US sales rise 20 percent in June

    DETROIT — From the tiny Fiat 500 to the Ram pickup truck, sales of Chrysler vehicles charged higher in June, despite concerns that buyers would be turned off by slower …


  • Swiping success

    PARMA, Ohio – The Girl Scouts were selling their cookies the old-fashioned way, pulling a creaky-wheeled red wagon laden with Thin Mints and Samoas down a suburban street. But the …


  • Stores strategize in light of last year’s difficult holiday season

    Retailers across the region have just one wish: Whatever else happens, please spare us a winter like last year. Consumers are still in a cautious state of mind, but store …


  • In a down market

    What some North Idaho residential real estate observers early this year thought would be a momentary market correction has turned into a different beast. With a national economic crisis hurting …


  • Couple take flip approach to home sale

    It was supposed to be their dream home. Chuck and Barb Rathbun bought the blue, three-bedroom, modern rancher on Five Mile Prairie last year with plans to downsize and retire …


  • Housing slowdown hits N. Idaho

    Home sales slowed and average sale prices dropped across much of North Idaho during the six months ending in April, compared with the same period a year earlier, new data …


  • Pricecostco Agrees To Buy Mexican Chain

    PriceCostco on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Price Enterprises’ interest in Price Club de Mexico for $30.5 million.


  • Dutch Firm Offers To Buy Barings For $1.60

    A Dutch financial group has offered the token sum of one pound ($1.60) for most of Barings PLC and its hefty liabilities, an executive close to the failed British bank …


  • Sales Tax Proceeds Show Dropoff In Retail Growth But Kootenai County Merchants Enjoyed A Strong Holiday Season

    Kootenai County merchants rang up strong holidayseason sales, but the local economy also showed signs of slowing down. Taxable sales increased 3.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 1994 compared …


  • Us West To Sell 450 Rural Exchanges

    US West Communications Inc. plans to sell nearly 450 rural telephone exchanges within the next year. US West is shedding the exchanges so it can refocus resources in urban and …


  • Detroit Unveils Products, Predicts Another Strong Year

    Ford Motor Co.executives Edward Hagenlocker, left, and Alex Trotman introduce the 1996 Mercury Sable, left, and Ford Taurus at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday. Photo …


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