Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 11 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Taxable sales, one indicator of the economy in Nevada, rose to $4.4 billion in March, a gain of 7.9 percent compared to a year ago.
The state Department of Taxation reported that taxable sales in Clark County rose 12.1 percent to $3.3 billion and were up 11.4 percent in Washoe County to $555.5 million.
Bars and restaurants in Clark County posted a 10.8 percent increase; auto sales and leasing rose 9.2 percent and building supply sales increased 5.2 percent from the same month of a year ago.
Six of Nevada’s 17 counties suffered a decline in taxable sales. Among them, Mineral County recorded a 59.4 percent decline; Churchill County fell by 50.9 percent; and Nye County was off 49.3 percent.