January 6, 2014 December 2013 Local Option Sales Tax Distribution up 4.3%
December’s distribution at $36.87 million, representing sales from October, was up 4.3% from a year earlier.
Salt Lake City’s sales were up 3.4%, below the statewide average. Other cities in Salt Lake County that did better than the statewide average were: Sandy (6.5%), Murray (5.2%), Midvale (8.8%), and Draper (10.1%).
This month we also calculated the “imputed” direct sales for the month, a number we computed going backwards with the 50% population / 50 % point-of-sale formula.
Based on this calculation direct sales growth were:
We thought October sales would have been soft given that consumer confidence in the U.S. slipped to 73.2 from 77.5 in September 2013. There was a foreboding edge in the air due to the government shutdown. Nevertheless, U.S. consumers increased their purchases of new automobiles and light trucks by 10.6% in October.
Since Washington DC came to terms with their budget in December, we are feeling quite a bit better about the February distribution for December sales.