Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | 5:11 p.m.
Paced by the clothing business, taxable sales in Clark County rose 5.6 percent in May, the seventh time in the past eight months in which an increase has been recorded.
The Nevada Tax Department also said Tuesday that statewide there was a 7.2 percent rise in taxable sales in May.
Since October, taxable sales in Clark County have risen, except for a 0.9 percent drop in April.
Apparel sales in Clark County jumped 14.2 percent, the sixth consecutive month of a double-digit increase.
Auto sales rose 10.7 percent, the ninth straight month of gains.
Business in bars and restaurants in Clark County increased by 5.9 percent. And after two straight months of declining sales, furniture jumped by 10.2 percent.
But sale of building materials continued its slide, falling by 3.8 percent, the sixth consecutive month of decline. And general merchandise sales fell by 4.9 percent compared with the same month in 2010.
The only counties to register a decrease in May in taxable sales were Churchill, down 8.6 percent, and Eureka, off 7.8 percent.
Washoe County sales rose by 4 percent and Carson City was up 10 percent in the last full month of the Nevada Legislature.
Collections from the sales and use tax statewide rose 6.8 percent to $265.2 million. And for the 11 months of this fiscal year, collections are up 5.5 percent, or $6 million higher than forecast by the Economic Forum.