Retail sales in Clark County increase in 3Q

first_img Clark County retail sales increased in the third quarter, with the purchase of home construction materials contributing the biggest boost to the area’s state sales tax collections.Overall consumer spending in Clark County grew at an 8 percent annual rate to $1.3 billion in the three months ending in September, up from $1.2 billion in the same period in 2012, according to figures released this week by the Washington state Department of Revenue. The year-over-year increased looked solid for anything related to housing development, said Pam Lindloff, a Vancouver commercial real estate broker.“Home furnishings, appliances and electronics all went up, too,” Lindloff said. “It’s stuff that’s home-related and related to residential construction and higher home sales.”The state reported sales taxes on $229 million worth of construction activity in Clark County in the three months through Sept. 30, an increase of 23.8 percent from $185 million during the same period in 2012.Rising demand for homes pushed selling prices higher, adding to state sales tax collections and prompting a surge of homebuilding activity, as measured by building permits. In the three months ending in September, 1,849 permits to build single-family houses were issued in unincorporated Clark County, according to data tracked by the county. That’s a 30 percent increase over 1,413 permits issued during the same period in 2012. Click to enlargelast_img read more