Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 | 3:24 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Taxable sales, one indicator of business activity, rose by 3.5 percent in August in Clark County, buoyed by strong showings in furniture and clothing sales.
It was the fourth consecutive month that the taxable sales have increased in Clark County, reaching $2.4 billion.
Statewidew, taxable sales jumped by 5.7 percent to $3.4 billion for the 14th consecutive monthly gain, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported Wednesday.
Clothing stores in Clark County reported a 14.4 percent gain in sales compared to the same month in 2010. It was the eighth consecutive month of double-digit increases in that segment of the economy.
The department said taxable sales in home furniture stores increased by 13.6 percent in Clark County, where sales have been up and down during the past year. They fell by 2.1 percent in June but rose by 7 percent in July.
Sales of vehicles in Clark County increased by 8.6 percent, compared to a 6.6 percent drop in August 2010. Since then, however, there has been a gain every month.
Sale of building materials dipped 0.1 percent, the sign of the continued sluggish construction industry in Clark County. General merchandise was up 1.8 percent.
Carson City recorded a strong month, with an 11.7 percent gain, and Washoe County was up 2.1 percent. The only county to register a loss was Lyon, down 0.1 percent.