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Dec 1% Dist

Following four months of 5% plus growth, the December distribution of the 1% local sales tax increased 1.5% from a year earlier to $40.5 million.  December’s distribution represents to a large extent sales in October.

Slower sales were the norm across the nation in October too.  U.S. retail trade sales rose 1.7%, fairly close to Utah’s overall distribution. While car and truck sales rose almost 10%, non-auto retail sales in the U.S. rose only 0.5%.

Dec 1% Dist

Across the state many of the larger cities in the state saw increased distributions that ran from 1% to 3%.  Salt Lake City’s distribution rose 2.1%, West Valley’s increased 2.9%, West Jordan’s was up 1.8%. Ogden and Roy’s were up 2% and 2.9%, respectively.  Prove and Orem’s distributions were also close at 2.4% and 3.1%. In Davis County Clearfield and Layton’s distributions were up 1.5% and 2.4%, respectively.

Strong distributions occurred in: Murray (7.2%), Draper (7.9%) and Holladay (9.8%). Other cities with strong sales were Lehi, Centerville, Kaysville (new Smith’s Marketplace).  Close to 7% distributions were common in tourist-oriented cities like Park City, St. George and Moab.

We expect a stronger economy will unfold when the next two distributions come out. Hope you spent well over the holidays,

Doug Macdonald

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