Statewide sales tax receipts for the fourth quarter increased 1.5% over 2015 after factoring for accounting anomalies.
The largest gain was in the countywide use tax allocation pools and was due to the acceleration in online shopping where many of the orders are placed to, or shipped from, out-of-state fulfillment centers. Restaurant and auto sales closed the calendar year with strong results while receipts from general consumer goods were generally flat with off price apparel and dollar store gains offsetting declines in traditional department stores and warehouse retailers.
Business-industrial receipts were down due to cutbacks in major energy projects, however huge gains in warehouse fulfillment centers that fill in-state shipments from online orders somewhat offset the decline.
On an annual basis, the statewide gain ended 2.1% higher than calendar year 2015. Click Here to view HdL's statewide report.
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