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Retail sales jump 7.4 percent for all of 2013
Taxable retail sales increased 7.4 percent to $117.1 billion during calendar year 2013 compared to 2012, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Retail trade, a subset of all sales that excludes non-retail sectors such as construction and services, rose 6.4 percent to $53.7 billion.
Within the retail sector:
- New and used car sales rose 12.1 percent to $10 billion
- Building materials, garden equipment and supplies increased 9.6 percent to $5 billion
- Apparel and accessories grew 4.2 percent to $4.1 billion
- E-commerce and mail order went up 23.6 percent to $1.7 billion
The construction industry saw large gains as well, with an overall increase of 15.8 percent to $19.3 billion. Building construction drove most of those gains, with a 17.1 percent increase over 2012 taxable sales.