LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Taxation Department today presented evidence that consumers are spending more money in Southern Nevada by reporting that Clark County's taxable sales in October rose by 9.3 percent over the same month in 2010.
The county registered $2.52 billion in taxable sales in October, an increase from $2.31 billion a year earlier.
Food service and drinking places, which generate the most taxable sales among businesses, saw a 12.8 percent increase from $656.6 million to $740.6 million. Clothing stores experienced a 13.2 percent increase and motor vehicle and parts dealers saw taxable sales rise 12.6 percent.
Other high-dollar categories, general merchandise stores and wholesalers of durable goods, gained 5.1 percent and 3.3 percent respectively.
Taxable sales statewide rose 12.1 percent, from $3.14 billion to $3.52 billion. Sixteen of Nevada's 17 counties saw taxable sales gains, led by a 132.5 percent improvement in Pershing County. Only Lincoln County, with a 6.8 percent drop in October, had less in taxable sales than in October 2010.