CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada merchants sold $2.9 billion in goods during February for an 18.9 percent slump compared with the same month a year ago, according to a new state report.
The state Taxation Department report shows that government tax collections based on the sales were down 18.2 percent. The taxes totaled $220.4 million, including $60.2 million for the state and the balance for schools and local governments.
Taxable sales were down in 15 of Nevada's 17 counties, including the two biggest population centers of Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas, and Washoe County, which includes Reno.
In Clark County, sales dropped 19.6 percent to $2.2 billion. Washoe County sales fell 18.4 percent to $388.6 million.
Sales by merchants now are down 9.4 percent so far this fiscal year. Taxes based on those sales are down 9.3 percent for the same period.