Taxable retail sales hold steady in Tri-Cities

Taxable retail sales may have dropped more than 4 percent statewide last year, but they held steady in the Tri-Cities area, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Pasco’s taxable retail sales were up to 2.5 percent from 2007 to 2008, to more than $877.5 million.

In Kennewick, sales rose 0.7 percent to more than $1.4 billion.

Richland’s sales dropped 1.1 percent to nearly $803 million.

Taxable retail sales in Benton County increased 1.1 percent in 2008 to $2.6 billion, while Franklin County’s sales dropped 0.5 percent to just more than $1 billion.

Source: Tri-City Herald

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