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Sales Numbers Spike In May

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(photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Las Vegas, NV) Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 6.1 percent in May over the same month a year ago, with gains fed by big boosts in construction and vehicle sales.

The Nevada Department of Taxation on Friday reported merchants statewide sold $3.9 billion in goods.

Sales in Clark County rose 4.7 percent, while Washoe County in northern Nevada posted an 8 percent increase.

In all 13 of Nevada’s 17 counties saw improved sales over May 2012, with Eureka, Lander, Lincoln and White Pine being the exceptions.

Gross tax collections on May sales totaled $308 million, representing a 6.6 percent increase.

The portion that goes to the state general fund amounted to $78 million. General fund sales tax collections for the 11 months of the 2013 fiscal year are $3.7 million above projections.

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