Nevada Sales Up 5.3% in July

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Taxable sales in Nevada rose 5.3% in July over the same month last year, representing the largest increase in more than two years.

The Nevada Department of Taxation on Monday reported merchants statewide sold $3.2 billion in goods during the month. The $252.5 million the state collected in sales and use taxes was up 4.3% compared with July 2009.

Nevada's construction industry continues to suffer double-digit declines. Those sales were down 29%.

But other industries tied to Nevada's tourism-based economy showed improvement. Accommodations were up 18.6%, and bar and restaurant sales 2%.

The report says 11 of Nevada's 17 counties recorded an increase in taxable sales for the month.

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