Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Booze and food helped propel Nevada’s taxable sales to a 9 percent increase in September, the biggest gain since January.
The state Department of Taxation reported today that taxable sales, one indicator of the economy, hit $4 billion. Statewide there were increases in every major category, except for durable goods and accommodations.
Business in restaurants and bars statewide jumped 17.6 percent compared to the same month of a year ago. Sales in grocery and liquor stores posted a 12.7 percent gain.
Cigarette tax collections in September were off 10.8 percent, but taxes on other tobacco products jumped 17 percent.
Ten of Nevada’s 17 counties registered an increase in taxable sales.
Sales in Clark County jumped 10.5 percent, the biggest gain since an 11.2 percent increase in February 2012.
Statewide, sales in the construction industry were up 16.6 percent, and furniture sales were up 8.6 percent.
But sales of durables were down 5.5 percent and accommodations were off 7.7 percent.
In Clark County, bars and restaurants posted a gain in taxable sales of 21.4 percent and grocery and liquor store sales were up 16.6 percent.
Car sales increased by 7.7 percent, furniture sales were up 6 percent and sales of construction material grew by 9.4 percent.
Washoe County sales rose 10.7 percent, the biggest increase since a 10.7 percent gain in February 2012. Carson City rebounded from a 5.6 percent decline in August to a 6 percent gain in September.
White Pine County saw the biggest decline in taxable sales at 62.7 percent, followed by a drop of 48.9 percent in Churchill County.