Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 2:10 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Taxable sales in Nevada, one indicator of the economy, inched up 2.1 percent in November to $3.7 billion, compared to the same month a year ago.
It was the 41st consecutive month of gains.
Five counties in rural Nevada, however, suffered double-digit declines.
Statewide, sales in restaurants and bars rose 8.1 percent, and auto and auto parts sales jumped 7.5 percent, according to the state Department of Taxation.
Sales in Clark County, meanwhile, were up 5.7 percent to $2.7 billion for the month. Sales of autos and auto parts were up 11.3 percent and restaurant and bar sales saw an increase of 8.3 percent.
Furniture sales in Clark County were up by 3.4 percent, electronic and appliance sales were up 4.1 percent, and clothing sales were up 5.5 percent.
Washoe County recorded its 11th straight month of gains, up 9.2 percent, and sales in Carson City were up 3.5 percent.
Taxable sales fell 54.6 percent in Lander County, 49 percent in Humboldt, 41.4 percent in Esmeralda, 22.8 percent in Elko, 22 percent in Eureka and 20.9 percent in Nye.