Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | 8:41 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Taxable sales rose by 3.7 percent in Nevada in August compared to the same month a year ago, sparked mainly by car sales and business in bars and restaurants.
The state Department of Taxation reported Monday taxable sales reached $3.8 billion, continuing an increase of more than 20 months.
Clark County registered an increase of 3.6 percent compared to August 2012, with $2.6 billion in taxable sales.
But eight of Nevada’s 17 counties saw a drop in sales.
The department said car dealers saw a jump in sales of 10.1 percent and bar and restaurant businesses were up 7 percent statewide.
In Clark County, car sales rose 12.2 percent, bars and restaurants were up 7.4 percent and furniture sales climbed 8.5 percent. The sale of building supplies in Clark County slumped 15.2 percent.
General merchandise sales inched up 1.6 percent compared to August 2012 and the clothing sales were up 1.3 percent.