Taxable retail sales fall throughout Island County in first quarter

Overall taxable retail sales dropped in Island County, Coupeville and Langley during the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period the year before.

The only entity on the positive side was the city of Oak Harbor, where overall sales increased slightly. But when measuring retail trade only, Oak Harbor was also on the negative side of the ledger.

The Department of Revenue reported today, July 15, that statewide, overall taxable retail sales declined 12.8 percent during January, February and March.

In Island County, sales dropped 5.06 percent, in Langley they dropped 12.87 percent, and in Coupeville they fell 4.25 percent. In Oak Harbor, sales increased slightly by 1.53 percent.

Overall retail sales include everything from construction to services and retail.

In retail trade sales only, the picture looked a little brighter for most areas on Whidbey and Camano islands.

Retail trade sales in Island County fell 8.82 percent and in Coupeville they dropped only 0.66 percent. Langley retail sales actually increased by 6.8 percent. However, Oak Harbor took a hit, falling 5.75 percent in retail sales.

Here are the overall sales figures for the quarter: Island County, $88.45 million; Oak Harbor, $76.54 million; Coupeville, $8,013,000; Langley $6.75 million.

Among the largest industries in the state, retail sales from construction fell 20.4 percent, motor vehicles and parts fell 23.3 percent, accommodations and food services fell 5.1 percent, and building materials, garden equipment and supplies fell 21.2 percent.

Taxable retail sales and retail trade by county and city, and a breakdown of sales statewide by industries are available at

Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available at

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