Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Taxable sales in Nevada for December were up 3 percent over the same month the previous year, with strong performances in car purchases and bar and restaurant sales.
The Nevada Department of Taxation reported Tuesday that sales reached $4.3 billion, the 30th consecutive month of an increase.
The gain was led by Clark County, which recorded $3.6 billion in sales, up 6 percent from December 2011. It was the 20th consecutive month of gains in Southern Nevada.
Car sales statewide jumped 10 percent, and food and beverage sales registered a 5.4 percent increase. Clothing sales were up 5.9 percent and furniture sales increased 2.9 percent.
Auto sales in Clark County rose by 9.3 percent in December, and bars and restaurants reported a 6.7 percent gain. Clothing stores in Clark County had a 7 percent increase, but sales of general merchandise inched up only 1.9 percent.
The Department of Taxation reported collecting $84.2 million in sales tax, a gain of 2.1 percent.
Nine of Nevada’s 17 counties had a decrease in taxable sales in December, with Churchill County recording the biggest drop at 34 percent.